Argentina greatly improved their performance by beating Venezuela 2-0 in the quarter-finals of Copa America and hosting a mouth-watering encounter with Brazil.
Lautaro Martínez scored for the second consecutive game, giving the advantage to Argentina in the 10th minute, thanks to a nice late run in the back, deflecting on a shot by Sergio Agüero following a sharp corner by Captain Lionel Messi.
The men of Lionel Scaloni had to face a series of Venezuela's attacks in the second half and it took a powerful stoppage of Franco Armani to prevent Ronald Hernandez from equalizing.
Substitute Giovani Lo Celso then scored the second goal that Argentina needed in the 74th minute, passing a free ball into the goal following another shot by Aguero, frustrated by Venezuelan goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez. .
Lo Celso's team sealed a therapeutic victory for Argentina in their first match at the Maracanã since losing 1-0 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, which started a three-year cycle. consecutive defeats in the big finals. They had entered the last eight games with a 2-0 win over Qatar in their last group stage match after losing to Colombia and their draw against Paraguay, but they were expecting a more severe test of Venezuela.
Venezuela has already lost 11-0 to Argentina in the 1975 Copa America, but has made remarkable progress in recent years despite the political turmoil that led to the World Cup of Nations final. 20 years old 2017 with his current coach, Rafael Dudamel. But they failed to respect the hype and barely penetrated the region of Argentina before half-time.
The winners' award is Copa America's first clash with Brazil since the 2007 final, lost 3-0. The tournament organizers beat Paraguay during a penalty shootout after a goalless draw on Thursday.
Defending champions Chile also qualified for the semi-finals, beating Colombia 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Corinthians Arena.
Alexis Sánchez converted the winning kick for Chile after William Tesillo missed Colombia's last try.
Chile, which won the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals on penalties, scored two goals following VAR criticism. They will face Uruguay or Peru in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.
. (tagsToTranslate) Copa America (t) Argentina (t) Venezuela (t) Football (t) Sports