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Argentina vs Venezuela Live Score and Commentary, FIFA World Cup qualifiers LIVE ARG vs VEN

Argentina 1-1 Venezuela ( Icardi 54', Murillo 49')
Updated: 06 September 2017 06:59 IST - Published: 06 September 2017 06:10 IST
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PEEP! PEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! ARGENTINA 1-1 VENEZUELA!

OH MY! OH MY! DRAMA ABOUNDS AS GRITTY VENEZUELA - WITH NOTHING TO PLAY FOR - HOLD ON TO WALK AWAY FROM BUENOS AIRES WITH THEIR HEADS HELD HIGH. SUPERB, SUPERB, DEFENSIVE DISPLAY, WITH A SPECIAL MENTION FOR GOALKEEPER WUILKER FARINEZ AND GOALSCORER JHON MURILLO. 

ARGENTINA MEANWHILE WERE EQUAL PARTS ABYSMAL AND ATTRACTIVE - BUT IN SHORT, NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO MOVE UP THE WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION STANDINGS!

QUITE A SUPERB MATCH AS WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS EDITION OF THE CONMEBOL WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS WILL GO DOWN TO THE WIRE!

THAT'S ALL FROM ME, ANIRUDH MENON! THANK YOU FOR READING!

TOODLE-OOO
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95' OH PASTORE! OH FARINEZ! MESSI PLAYS IN PASTORE WITH A SUBLIME BALL BUT FARINEZ DOES MAGNIFICENTLY TO COME OUT AND SMOTHER PASTORE BEFORE HE CAN GET HIS SHOT AWAY! THE CORNER IS THEN CAUGHT WELL BY THE GOALKEEPER!
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94' MURILLO LEADS ANOTHER SUPERB COUNTER THAT FELTSCHER HOLDS UP AT THE CORNER FLAG! Before Otamendi does well to snap in and recover
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93' OH ACUNA! THe left back gives away a silly foul in his frantic desire to get the ball back and Venezuela get a freekick in their own box that they take their own sweet time about it
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92' AIY AIY! Josep Martinez sends the ball sailing into the cold Buenos Aires air... Argentina take their time with the goal kick as they pass the ball out and the crowd let their displeasure be known!
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91' Martinez runs at Fazio before entering the box and getting a shot away but it's too weak. Banega then gives the ball in the middle of the park AND MURILLO IS AWAY. HE JINKS INSIDE AND DRAWS A FOUL OFF OTAMENDI! That's a yellow for the Man City man and a freekick in a lovely position for Venezuela
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90' The corner is pure filth and Venezuela clear with contemptuous ease. Messi comes back and tries to play in Acosta on the right wing, but his ball is not much better than that corner. 
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89' Acosta turns Feltscher inside and out before overhitting his cross. Acuna recovers and it's a corner for the home team. Venezuela make their final change as the hard-working Cordova is taken off for an extra defender in Jose Manuel Velazquez
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88' The freekick is wasted by Argentina, and Venezuela counter but Martinez and Murillo are not yet on the same wavelength and Argentina can pour men forward...
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87' Messi wriggles away from Moreno near the centre circle... and Moreno stops him the same way you'd stop a runaway bull - by holding on to his (shirt)tail for dear life. 
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85' Banega floats out wide and tries to force something to happen. He runs into Garcia before feeding the ball to Messi. The Argentine captain tries to pick out Pastore's run into the box - but the ball has a bit too much oomph on it for the PSG man. 
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83' Villanueva tries another ambitious long ball but Martinez isn't up to scratch yet and the ball wafts aimlessly back into Argentine.. erm... feet. 
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82' Looks like it's a little more than cramps, though.. Rondon is down again - and he has to be taken off for Josef Martinez... who also takes the captain's armband from him.
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81' OH MU! VILLANUEVA PICKS OUT RONDON WITH A SUBLIME BALL IN BEHIND FAZIO... The skipper shakes off his cramps and runs in  before squaring a dangerous ball into the box - that Mascherano does superbly to clear
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80' Rondon goes down with what looks like a bout of cramps, probably inspired by the fact that his team are keeping Argentina to a draw in Buenos Aires!
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79' Messi, oh Messi. A beautiful body swerve sets him loose into the Venezuela third and he picks out Javier Pastore with a lovely ball that the PSG man completely wastes 
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77' First change for Venezuela as Santos (of La Liga's Alaves) comes on for Herrera. Garcia gets hassled and harried by Acuna all the way into his own box, but the Venezuelan right back does superbly to clear the ball from danger
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76' OH BENEDETTO! The young debutante finds himself in a promising position after a supreme through ball from Leo Messi, but a loose touch ends up with the ball going out of touch
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75' Argentina make their final substitution as Javier Pastore comes on for Mauro Icardi! ARGENTINA NEED GOALS AND ICARDI IS TAKEN OFF, WHILE AGUERO IS KEPT ON THE BENCH! If the score does not change in the next quarter of an hour, Jorge Sampaoli will have aa lot of explaining to do
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74' The corner is dangerous looking but Farinez does well to punch it away... Messi puts it back in, but Banega's header back into the box is woefully directed. Acosta then has a pop at goal - but the shot flies over the bar
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73' Argentina patiently pass the ball around the middle of the pack and the crowd makes their displeasure known. They finally move he ball forward and it's a corner for La Albiceleste. 
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72' Messi jinks away from three challenges before feeding Acuna - who is then bullied off the ball by Cordova. The Venezuelans have all put in a mighty shift today, it has to be said
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71' THEY CANT! SALOMON RONDON ABSOLUTELY LEATHERED IT BUT THE ARGENTINE WALL HELD FIRM AND THE SCORE IS STILL 1-1!
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70' OH MY! A similar run from Rondon, but this time he draws the foul and it's a free-kick in a central area about twenty yards away from goal. If Venezuela....
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69' OHOHOH! ROMERO TO THE RESCUE! Rondon runs off the shoulder of Fazio and is almost onto a long ball but the Manchester United keeper does well to sweep up behind his defence and clear the ball