Argentina Vs. Venezuela: Timeline Of What Lionel Messi Did In The Match At The Salt Lake Stadium In Kolkata

Goal.com documents the key contributions of Lionel Messi during Argentina's 1-0 win over Venezuela in Kolkata...
Goal.com lists all the important happenings involving Lionel Messi during the historic international friendly between Argentina and Venezuela on Friday evening at the new-look Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

Argentina's new captain had an outstanding game as he was at the centre of everything interesting on the pitch. Provided the assist for the winner, and threaded in countless through-balls for his team-mates, including the pass to Higuain after which the Real Madrid striker hit the bar in the second half.


"Home Match" For Argentina In India

FIRST TEN MINUTES
2′
Messi takes his first touch in space as the fans in India go nuts. I wonder who they came to see? Certainly not Eduardo Salvio.
3′
Argentina with most of the possession in the early going, looking to play Messi down the wing.
4′
Messi showing some clever footwork. Foul at the top of the box. Good chance coming for Argentina.
6′
Messi's shot from the set piece hits the wall. Danger avoided early for Cesar Farias' men.
9′
DI MARIA!!! Ohh great play on the ball by Rosales, who slides in the box to send Messi's through ball wide. The Barcelona man nearly found Di Maria perfectly in the box but the defender does well to eliminate the threat.


How On Earth Did I Miss That?!

UNTIL HALF TIME
18′
Di Maria!!!!!!! Messi finds the Real Madrid man in the box, again, but his shot from the left side of the box goes wide with a powerful attempt.
20′
Now, Di Maria sends Messi through, but Romo comes out well to knock the ball away with a sliding effort.
23′
After just mentioning Alvarez, he nearly finds the net on a rebound after Messi sent Di Maria through into the box. The Real Madrid attacker did well to evade his defender but could not find a teammate at the back post. Alvarez tried to put it home after a rebound left the ball in the middle of the box, but the Venezuela defence did well to stop the threat.
30′
Messi steals the ball from the Amorebieta in the box before a little dash towards the middle, but his low shot is stopped calmly by Romo.
33′
OHHH! Just by the post! Messi's shot his off an Argentina player in the box, sending it by the post.


Lionel Messi Did Have Decent Attempts

HALFTIME COMMENT


Amoy Ghoshal at the Salt Lake stadium: No goals in the first half at the new-look Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata,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 back-line looking far from convincing. The second half promises to be equally interesting but for Kolkata the result is irrelevant, they just want to see Messi score and play the whole match.


Romo Made At Least Half A Dozen Saves

THEN CAME THE GOAL

55′
Messi sends the ball past the by-line, failing to connect with anyone. Banega, Pastore and Aguero are warming up.
64′
GOAL!!!!! OH wait! NO!! It went wide! Messi's long free-kick looked to have entered off the post, but it hit the poll holding the net! Many in the stadium thought it was a goal! It's still 0-0!
67′
Messi chips the ball into the box to an on-running Higuain, who nearly knocks it in with an awkward volley.
70′
Nice little goalkeeper the Venezuelans have. Messi fires a shot from the top of the box, but Romo does just enough to knock it wide.
70′
Goal Nicolás Otamendi
70′
Assist Lionel Messi
71′
GOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL ARGENTINA!!!!!!!! Messi sends the ball off a corner to the front post, finding Otamendi, who headed the ball down and into the net for the advantage!


Otamendi Steals The Show With Messi's Assist

1-0 TILL THE END
82′
Messi with the solo effort down the left side, sends it on goal instead of passing it into the middle of the box. Romo does well to send it out for a corner.
85′
Argentina are pushing for a second goal late. As usual, all eyes on Messi.
86′
All eyes are on Messi as the game is near its end. Those in India want to see a goal from the Barca star. Only minutes left to make it happen.

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