- Argentina vs Venezuela suffer another defeat nine months after crashing out of FIFA World Cup in Russia
- Lautaro Martine's only goal failed to stop La Albiceleste from bowing to fellow south American team in the game
- It was also Lionel Messi's first game since they were bundled out of the global football showpiece last summer
Argentina suffer 3-1 defeat to Venezuela in an international friendly game in Lionel Messi's first game for the national team since crashing out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year.
The Barcelona took a nine-month break from representing his country after La Albiceleste were ousted from the global football showpeice at the round of 16 stage of the tourney.
However, his return did not mean much for Lionel Scaloni's side who were handed a disappointing defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano on Friday night.
Newcastle star Salomon Rondon opened scoring for Venezuela in the 6th minute of the encounter and just one minute to the end of the first half, Jhon Murillo doubled their lead.
Lautaro Martinez reduced Argentina's deficit in the 59th minute of the meeting with a glimpse of hope they might share the spoils at the end of the game.
But the visitors further consolidated their lead with Josef Martinez stepping up to convert a spot kick and made the game 3-1 in favour of the away team.
Despite his high flying form for his Spanish club side, Messi failed to help his side avoid defeat at the end of regulation period.
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Meanwhile, they will have a chance to bounce back from this defeat when they battle Morocco in another international friendly encounter on Tuesday, March 26.
It will be recalled that the 31-year-old managed to score just one goal in four appearances for the side he captained at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
While his search for national team silverware continues, having won trophies at every age grade level - including the Olympic gold medal in 2008.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona star Lionel Messi took part in Argentina's training for the first time since they crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 31-year-old could not help his south American side avoid defeat to eventual winners France in the last 16 stage last summer.
He has however decided to stage a return to the national team nine months after the expiration of his self assigned holiday.
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