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Lionel Messi In India - LIVE Updates
Goal.com keeps you updated as Kolkata's awaits history, starring Barcelona phenomenon Lionel Messi as Argentina get set to face Venezuela...

20:20 IST

02/09/11

No changes for either side at the interval...Venezuela kicks off the second half...

20:16 IST

02/09/11

The Argentina team is out early for the second half...Coach Sabella clearly wants to win the game and the intent is quite clear from the body language of Messi and company...

19:58 IST

02/09/11

There goes the halftime whistle...Venezuela 0-0 Messi's Argentina

19:56 IST

02/09/11

Still no goals in Salt Lake but it has been an entertaining contest with Argentina looking brilliant when Messi is on the ball but Venezuela are dangerous on the break with the Argentina backline looking far from convincing...

19:43 IST

02/09/11

Nearly the moment Kolkata had been waiting for...Messi has his first shot on target...That has resulted in crazy chants of 'Messi, Messi, Messi'....Will the Barcelona superstar play the entire game?

Tweet your thoughts to Goal.com's Amoy Ghoshal @amoy_ghoshal

19:31 IST

02/09/11

Messi has already shown glimpses of his magic and could have already had two assists...The unofficial figure of the attendance is somewhere between 70 and 80,000....So far they have had good value for their money...But how long will Messi play? that is the big question today in Kolkata and not the result..

19:28 IST

02/09/11

Lot of responsibility on Indian referee A.Rowan as he is in charge of a massive game involving two foreign national teams

19:20 IST

02/09/11

Will Messi score tonight? You may tweet your predictions to Goal.com's Rahul Bali @rahulatma or Anselm Noronha @apnoronha

19:14 IST

02/09/11

Venezuela starting XI: Romo; Amorebieta, Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Chicero; Gonzalez, Rincon, Siejas, Orozco; Fedor and Rondon.

19:12 IST

02/09/11

And the match kicks off...



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19:10 IST

02/09/11

The national anthems are done...we are all set for the historic kick-off...which is delayed by 15 minutes...

19:03 IST

02/09/11

The West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan  and other dignitaries like AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel is now meeting the two teams...

19:00 IST

02/09/11

The two teams are out in the ground and getting ready for the two national anthems...

18:58 IST

02/09/11

Argentina XI:

Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Rojo; Lucho Gonzalez, Mascherano, Ricky Alvarez; Messi, Higuain, Di Maria

18:54 IST

02/09/11



Who will score tonight? You may tweet your messages to Goal.com's Rahul Bali @rahulatma or Anselm Noronha @apnoronha

18:49 IST

02/09/11

Several Indian footballers of past and present are in the stadium including Bhaichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh..Indian national team coach Armando Colaco is also here...

18:47 IST

02/09/11

Less than 15 minutes to kickoff and still no sign of any team sheets from the organizers...

18:45 IST

02/09/11

All a bit quiet now in the stadium as Argentina players have finished their warm up and returned to the dressing room. Still plenty of empty rows in the stands...but I hear a lot of people are waiting outside because of the extensive security check.

18:33 IST

02/09/11

The Venezuela team is also out for their warmup now but no real cheer from the crowd...As I said earlier, Argentina will feel as if they are playing at home..

18:21 IST

02/09/11

Finally to the delight of the thousands...the Argentina outfield players are also out for their warmup with chants of 'Messi, Messi, Messi' going all around the stadium...