The Argentina National Team lost to Venezuela 3-1, with the return of Lionel Messi, who did not wear the national shirt for 266 days, disappointed by Venezuela. The meeting took place in the framework of preparation for the Copa América, which will take place in Brazil from June 14. Argentina will kick off their Copa America campaign against Colombia on June 15th.
At minute 5, a long ball kicked off before halfway to Salomón Rondón, Mercado arrived late and the Newcastle striker put a right leg shot that inflated the goalkeeper, Armani.
Argentina lacked surprise and only after 20 minutes of the match they approached with danger with a great personal move by Lautaro Martinez, who failed in the completion to score the goal.
There was few Spark from Messi in the first Half but that was not enough to score a goal.
The Argentine Defense continued giving notorious advantages and before the end of the first half, Jhon Murillo treading slowly moved to the D-box, with a perfect right shot that beat, Armani. 2-0 Lead for Venezuela.
After The Break Argentina made 3 changes, Walter Kannemann by Gabriel Mercado, Domingo Blanco by Lisandro Martinez and Matías Suárez by Gonzalo Martínez.
But could not change their fate.
However, On the 58 Minute, Messi built a counter-attack and extending a pass to the left for Lo Celso, and Inter striker reduced the difference in the score and made it 2-1.
Argentina could leave the field to withdraw if they could use all the opportunity they, instead of in the 75th minute of the match the conceded another goal. Juan Foyth committed a penalty to Josef Martínez, who took charge of the execution and tricked Armani, who chose the opposite side to the one that shot the Atlanta United player. And Stunned Team Argentina with the 3-1 score.
Their next match is with Morocco. But Messi has already withdrawn from that match as a precaution