Venezuela Defeats Argentina As Messi Suffers Groin Injury

Lionel Messi


Argentina suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as Lionel Messi made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup.

Barcelona star Messi started the fixture after eight-month exile in which he missed six friendlies since the tournament in Russia, which they exited in the last 16 at the hands of eventual champions France.

Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo gave Venezuela a two-goal advantage at the break.

Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez reduced the deficit before Josef Martinez scored from the spot to claim the spoils in the friendly played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Messi’s 129th cap started poorly as Newcastle forward Rondon controlled a long ball before hammering home a half-volley past Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani.

The pick of the goals came as 23-year-old Murillo scored for only a third time in 17 internationals.

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Argentina’s friendly against Morocco on Tuesday after suffering a groin injury.


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