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Riquelme and Rey golazos power Argentina and Venezuela in World Cup qualifying
by Paul Kennedy, October 15th, 2007 7AM

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[VIDEO] Argentina star Juan Roman Riquelme and Jose Manuel Rey of Venezuela were the stars of the first day of World Cup 2010 qualifying in South America.

[VIDEO] Riquelme, who has not played this season for Spanish club Villarreal, didn't show any signs of being rusty. he scored two superb free kicks in the first half to lead Argentina to a 2-0 win over Chile on Saturday.

[VIDEO] Rey converted a free kick from 45 yards out to give Venezuela, the only South American team to have never played in the World Cup, a 1-0 win in Ecuador.

Argentina coach Alfio Basile said he didn't have qualms about starting Riquelme, who scored on curling a 20-yard shot into the top right hand corner and just before halftime struck another shot into the same corner from a more difficult position.

"People can think what they like about Riquelme," said Basile. "When I selected him, I knew he had been training well. A player of his standard is not going to forget how to play soccer."

Rey scored with a powerful, dipping shot that flew over startled Argentine-born keeper Daniel Viteri and into the Ecuador goal in the 67th minute.

The big loser on the first weekend of games was Bolivia, which fell at Uruguay, 5-0. Bolivia arrived amid report of turmoil in its camp, and it had midfielder Ronald Garcia sent off in the 41st minute.

The Colombia-Brazil and Peru-Paraguay games ended in 0-0 ties.

 



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