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Argentina wary of Venezuela

AFP
Published Jun 28, 2019, 2:22 am IST
Updated Jun 28, 2019, 2:22 am IST
Argentina scraped into the knockout rounds courtesy of a 2-0 win over invitees Qatar in their final pool match having gone into it bottom of Group B.
Argentina players Angel Di Maria (left) and Lionel Messi rest during a training session in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: AFP)
 Argentina players Angel Di Maria (left) and Lionel Messi rest during a training session in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: AFP)

Rio de Janeiro: Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani warned his team-mates on Thursday not to be caught out by minnows Venezuela when the sides meet in the Copa America quarterfinals.

Argentina scraped into the knockout rounds courtesy of a 2-0 win over invitees Qatar in their final pool match having gone into it bottom of Group B.

 

And now they’re wary of avoiding a banana skin against the tournament minnows, one of only two of South America’s 10 national sides – the other being Ecuador – never to win the Copa.

“We need to score goals, to be very careful... to avoid a surprise,” said the River Plate goalkeeper ahead of the clash at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

Armani said Venezuela would “look to win back the ball quickly and attack” from the flanks, where “they have quick players.”

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