Argentina defeated Venezuela 2-0 in the quarterfinals of CONMEBOL Copa América – Brazil 2019 and reached the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will meet Brazil next Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.
The two-time World Champion finished second in Group B with four points, played an intelligent match against the Vinotinto, led by Rafael Dudamel, who had more possession of the ball but was undecided in the goal point.
The goals for the Albiceleste were by Lautaro Martínez, from taco to 10′, and by Giovani Lo Celso in 75′.
Lionel Scaloni’s men will face five-time world champions Brazil on Tuesday at the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte (south-east), in a classic match between two continental champions.
· Argentina defeated Venezuela six times in the Copa América, with a total score of 30-3.
· Argentina averages 5 goals per game against Venezuela in Copa América; it is the highest average between two teams that faced each other on more than one occasion in the competition (30 goals in six matches).
· Argentina has qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa América for the fifth time in the last six editions; it did not do so in 2011, when it was host and was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Uruguay.
· The last five times Argentina qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa América reached the final; however, they only won one of those five finals (1993).
· Argentina won the last ten Copa América matches in which it opened the scoring; the last time it did not win after scoring the first goal was against Paraguay in the 2015 edition (2-2) and the last time it lost was against Brazil in the 1999 quarterfinals (1-2).
· The last 61 goals in from Argentina in the Copa América, only two came in corner kicks, including Lautaro Martinez today against Venezuela.
· Lionel Messi played his 25th game in Copa América; only six players have the most in history.
· Ángel Di María played his 100th match with Argentina against Venezuela; he is the sixth player to reach that number with his country, behind Mascherano, Zanetti, Messi, Ayala and Simeone.
· Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring against Venezuela, being his sixth goal in just 10 games played with Argentina (11 shots on goal until the moment of the goal).