Mon, March 30, 2009
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Maradona's Argentina demolish Venezuela

2009-03-30 02:21:58 GMT2009-03-30 10:21:58 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

Argentina's Lionel Messi (2nd L) eludes the challenge of Venezuela's Tomas Rincon (L) during their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match in Buenos Aires March 28, 2009. [Agencies]

Argentina's Sergio Aguero (L) scores his team's fourth goal past Venezuela's Jose Velazquez and Gerzon Chacon (R) during a World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match in Buenos Aires March 28, 2009. [Agencies]

Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) and Venezuela's Gerzon Chacon battle for the ball during their the World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match in Buenos Aires March 28, 2009. [Agencies]

Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) and Venezuela's Jorge Rojas battle for the ball during their the World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match in Buenos Aires March 28, 2009. [Agencies]

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona could not have asked for a better result in his first official match as Argentina coach, with his team crushing Venezuela 4-0 here on Saturday.

Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi set Argentina on their way to victory in this 2010 World Cup qualifier with the first goal on 26 minutes after a 1-2 with Carlos Tevez.

He then provided the cross that led to Manchester United striker Tevez doubling the advantage two minutes after the break.

Maximiliano Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero, father of Maradona's grandson, completed the rout with goals in the 51st and 73rd minutes.

This was Argentina's 16th win over Venezuela in as many meetings, and Maradona described the outcome as "better than expected". "Reality has overcome fiction," added the Argentine soccer legend, who adds this to friendly wins away to France and Scotland.

It pushed Argentina up to second in their qualifying group, four points behind Paraguay.

(Agencies)

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