In the second quarter-final of the 2019 Copa America, Argentina and Venezuela will go head-to-head at the Maracana Stadium. Argentina, who looked sloppy in the group stages, secured their playoff’s berth after defeating Qatar in their previous encounter. Messi, who has often been criticized for his inability to convert his Barcelona’s heroics in national colors, will have a point to prove in this tournament. Venezuela, on the contrary, has been rock-solid in defense and remained undefeated in this tournament. They qualified for the knock-out stage after securing second place in Group A. The fans are in for another treat when both these sides will battle it out in the second fixture of the quarter-final stage.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Saturday, 29th June 2019

Time: 12:30 AM IST

Venue: Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho

League: Copa America 2019

Online Streaming: Totalsportek.com

 

Head to Head Record

 

Last 3 meetings:

22 Mar 2019 Argentina 1 – 3 Venezuela
6 Sep 2017 Argentina 1 – 1 Venezuela
7 Sep 2016 Venezuela 2 – 2 Argentina 

Matches played: 17

Venezuela wins: 2

Argentina wins: 13

Draws: 2

  

Team News

 

Venezuela

  • Venezuela is likely to go ahead with an unchanged starting lineup.

Argentina

  • German Pezzella might feature in the playing XI at the expense of Giovani Lo Celso.
  • While Juan Foyth will play as the right-back in this fixture.

 

Squads

 

Venezuela

 

Goalkeepers: Wuilker Faríñez, Joel Graterol, Rafael Romo

Defenders: Mikel Villanueva, Yordan Osorio, Jhon Chancellor, Luis Mago, Roberto Rosales, Ronald Hernández, Rolf Feltscher

Midfielders: Júnior Moreno, Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machís, Tomás Rincón, Luis Manuel Seijas, Jhon Murillo, Adalberto Peñaranda, Arquímedes Figuera

Forwards: Fernando Aristeguieta, Josef Martínez, José Salomón Rondón

 

 

Argentina

 

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani , Agustín Marchesín, Esteban Andrada

Defenders: Nicolás Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Marcos Acuña, Nicolás Tagliafico, Germán Pezzella, Renzo Saravia , Milton Casco, Juan Foyth

Midfielders: Ángel Di María , Roberto Pereyra, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Pizarro, Guido Rodríguez

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martínez, Matías Suárez

 

 

Key Players 

 

Venezuela

  • Wuilker Faríñez
  • Júnior Moreno
  • José Salomón Rondón

 

Argentina

  • Nicolás Otamendi
  • Lionel Messi
  • Sergio Agüero

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Venezuela – (4-5-1): Farinez; Hernandez, Chancellor, Villanueva, Rosales; Savarino, Herrera, Moreno, Rincon, Machis; Rondon

Argentina– (4-3-1-2): Armani; Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Lo Celso, Paredes, Acuna; Messi; Aguero, Martinez