World Cup qualifier: Argentina run riot in Maradona's official debut

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4 - 0
Venezuela flagVenezuela
Lionel Messi 26

Carlos Tévez 47

Maxi Rodríguez 52

Sergio Agüero 73

Argentina crushed Venezuela 4-0 at the Monumental Stadium to give Diego Maradona a victory on his first official match as the Albiceleste's coach.

Lionel Messi put Argentina in front after 26 minutes with a left-foot shot to the far post following a one-two with Carlos Tévez.

Maradona's men extended the lead two minutes after the break when Tévez met a Messi cross with a well-timed volley.

Five minutes later Maxi Rodríguez added a third goal with another volley, which this time was deflected into the back of the net from a Venezuelan defender.

Sergio Agüero completed the scoring in the 73rd minute when he beat a couple of defenders before firing the ball past a hapless Renny Vega in the Venezuela goal.

Argentina now stand second on 19 points from 11 games, four points behind leaders Paraguay.


Argentina: Carrizo; Zanetti, Angeleri, Heinze; Maxi (Di María 73), Mascherano, Gago, Jonas; Messi, Tévez (Veron 70), Agüero (Milito 78)

Venezuela: Vega; Fuenmayor, Cichero, Velasquez, Chacón Rosales (Moreno 50); González, Arango, Rincon, Rojas (Acosta 83); Maldonado (Flores 78)

Argentina v Venezuela goal & highlights
1-0 Messi
2-0 Tévez
3-0 Maxi
4-0 Agüero

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