Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Amorebieta: My winner against Argentina was the goal of my life

The international rookie scored the only goal of Tuesday's unforgettable victory for Venezuela, and admitted that he could not have dreamed of a better moment
Venezuela hero Fernando Amorebieta spoke of his delight in scoring the decisive goal for his country against Argentina, and affirmed it was a dream come true to secure his nation an historic World Cup qualifier victory over the South American giants.

The Athletic Bilbao defender earned just his international second cap on Tuesday evening, and scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory which was Venezuela's first-ever against the Argentines. In 18 previous attempts, the team currently directed by Cesar Farias had lost on every single occasion.

Speaking on Wednesday evening, Amorebieta affirmed that he could not be happier after an unforgettable evening in Puerto La Cruz.

"It was a dream come true. It is clear that it was the goal of my life. Because of how important it was and because there aren't too many to choose from: it is the second goal of my professional career," the former Spain youth international beamed in an interview with Ole.

Fernando, 26, was quick to compliment his team's defence, noting that their nullification of Lionel Messi was also key to victory.

"There was no other to play this game than to do it at 101 per cent, and we managed that. We had said that we had to have complete concentration and we had to coordinate the defence's work with that of the midfield because the opponent plays very well in spaces.

"Not to mention what Messi can do to you. I think [Franklin] Lucena and [Tomas] Rincon had great games, making the game very uncomfortable for Argentina and when they tried to pass, we were there to help them."

Amorebieta played with the Spanish Under-19 team back in 2004, and despite being keen to represent the nation of his birth - he was born in the state of Anzoategui where Tuesday's game was held - Fifa rules prevented him from switching his allegiance.

These laws were relaxed in 2009, however, paving the way for his debut with Venezuela, and the player thanked the Bilbao coaching staff for allowing him to follow his dreams.

"I have wanted to play for Venezuela for a long time but I couldn't, first because Fifa would not allow it and then because my club and the previous trainer would not allow it. Now though I am grateful to the directors and [Bilbao coach Marcelo] Bielsa, who have let me take decision. I am thrilled," Amorebieta affirmed, before anticipating his trainer's first words on returning.

"I think he will ask me why I score goals here and not in Athletic!"

Argentina and Venezuela are level on points after two rounds of the Conmebol World Cup qualifiers, both recording a win and a defeat in their first two matches. The competition is headed by Uruguay, with four points so far.