Venezuela nearly pulled off a shock win against Argentina, drawing 2-2 in CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 Qualifier.Nicolas Otamendi sneaked a late equaliser as Argentina, without injured captain Lionel Messi, came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 away to Venezuela on Tuesday.Safe to say Argentina wouldn’t qualify to the World Cup without Messi.The injured star was missed in Merida as the Albiceleste suffered a terrible start before recovering late on, and it is not the first time they have struggled without their skipper.
From his team-mates, to schoolteachers and even the country’s president: everybody in Argentina pitched in to try and convince Lionel Messi to change his mind after announcing his retirement from international football. The 5 time Ballon d’or winner returned to Barcelona after Game 1 of CONMEBOL Qualifiers cause of an Muscle injury. He will also miss Club’s upcoming La Liga match against Alaves.
In Other WC Qualifiers Neymar scored to hand Brazil a vital 2-1 win over Colombia, while Uruguay won 4-0 against Paraguay. Neymar scored one goal and assisted another while Suarez fired one and provided 2 assists.
Miranda gave the Selecao the lead just 90 seconds into the match, nodding in a corner at the near post. Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, however, turned the ball into his own net just after the half hour mark to bring the Colombians back into the game.With his deciding goal Barcelona’s mercurial forward is now level with Zico on his country’s all-time goal-scorers list.The forward took his international record to 48 goals in 72 games.
Liverpool Star Coutinho was subbed on in the 66th minute by new Brazil boss Edgardo Bauza and had an immediate effect, teeing up Neymar for the winner just eight minutes later.
The ex-Liverpool man took the visitors to task, scoring one and helping strike partner Edinson Cavani bag a brace in a comfortable victory.The Barcelona striker was in irresistible form as La Celeste claimed a fifth win in eight matches to move back to the top of the 10-team CONMEBOL table.
In other CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 Qualifiers minnows Bolivia held Chile to a 0-0 draw, while Peru triumphed 2-1 at home to Ecuador.