Historic match: Venezuela defeated Argentina 1-0
Venezuela, October 11, 2011
After 19 games in a row of defeats, the national team of Venezuela defeated Argentina by 1-0 in Puerto La Cruz, before 40,000 people who will remember this historic match.
Playing with a lot of heart, the “Vinotinto” pushed and attacked as if the Argentineans were a simple minor team they were facing. In the second half, after 16 minutes, Amorebieta scored from a header.
The keys of the game
Argentina’s poor defense: The central defenders never felt quite comfortable and made lots of mistakes.
Messi’s lack of companions: The Argentinean star was unable to find the complicity he needed to generate real danger, although he had some chances.
Venezuela’s quick strikers: Not only were them fast, but also smart and always willing to win the empty spaces.
Venezuela’s good defense: Though it was not the best you’d ever see, they behaved like a brick wall when needed and stopped Argentina’s fearsome attacks.
Venezuela: Renny Vega; Roberto Rosales, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, Fernando Amorebieta, Gabriel Cichero; César González, Tomás Rincón, Franklin Lucena, Juan Arango; Nicolás Fedor and Salomón Rondón. Coach: César Farías.
Argentina: Mariano Andújar; Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolás Burdisso, Martín Demichelis, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Rojo; José Sosa, Javier Mascherano, Ángel Di María; Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuaín. Coach: Alejandro Sabella