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Lionel Messi’s return for Argentina ends in 3-1 defeat against Venezuela

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Lionel Messi made a disappointing return to Argentina duty as he was injured in a 3-1 defeat by Venezuela.

Barcelona forward Messi missed six internationals during a self-imposed exile following defeat by eventual winners France at the 2018 World Cup.

Messi, 31, finished the match but felt pain in his groin and will sit out Tuesday's friendly against Morocco.

The injury, described as a flare up of an existing problem, is not thought to be serious.

In a friendly between the two South American sides held in Madrid, Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon put Venezuela ahead after six minutes before Jhon Murillo doubled the lead just before half-time.

Lautaro Martinez pulled a goal back for Argentina, but Josef Martinez added Venezuela's third with a penalty.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi were all left out of the squad by manager Lionel Scaloni.

Despite five substitutions being made by Argentina, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala failed to make it off the bench, although Watford's Roberto Pereyra did play the final 12 minutes at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 1Armani
  • 29FoythBooked at 44mins
  • 2MercadoSubstituted forKannemannat 45'minutes
  • 14MartínezSubstituted forBlancoat 45'minutes
  • 24Montiel
  • 20Lo CelsoBooked at 54minsSubstituted forPereyraat 78'minutes
  • 5Paredes
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 10Messi
  • 18MartínezSubstituted forSuárezat 45'minutes
  • 22MartínezSubstituted forBenedettoat 70'minutes

Substitutes[hhmc]

  • 4Kannemann
  • 7Pereyra
  • 8Acuña
  • 9Benedetto
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Marcone
  • 19Zaracho
  • 21Dybala
  • 25Blanco
  • 26Saravia
  • 27Suárez
  • 32Musso

Venezuela

  • 1Fariñez
  • 20HernándezBooked at 47mins
  • 3OsorioBooked at 63mins
  • 2VillanuevaBooked at 33mins
  • 16Rosales
  • 15MurilloSubstituted forHurtadoat 89'minutes
  • 18HerreraSubstituted forSoteldoat 64'minutes
  • 5Moreno
  • 8RincónBooked at 82mins
  • 11MachísSubstituted forAñor Acostaat 79'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 23RondónBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMartínezat 72'minutes

Substitutes[hhmc]

  • 4Chancellor
  • 7Añor Acosta
  • 9Córdova
  • 10Soteldo
  • 13Seijas
  • 14Del Pino
  • 17Martínez
  • 21González
  • 22Romo Perez
  • 24Figuera
  • 25Aristeguieta
  • 26Hurtado
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamVenezuela

Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 1, Venezuela 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 1, Venezuela 3.

Matías Suárez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ronald Hernández (Venezuela).

Juan Foyth (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juanpi (Venezuela).

Domingo Blanco (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Roberto Rosales (Venezuela).

Substitution

Substitution, Venezuela. Jan Carlos Hurtado replaces Jhon Murillo.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Juanpi (Venezuela) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juanpi (Venezuela).

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