First it was Juan Roman Riquelme
with two goals on free kicks Saturday against Chile, then it was Lionel Messi
to Argentina's collection of golazos, scoring a superb goal to help the visiting Argentines beat Venezuela, 2-0, in a World Cup 2010 qualifier on Tuesday.
Messi's Barcelona teammate,
, gave Argentina the lead with his first international goal when he headed home Riquelme's free kick.
Argentina completed the scoring
late in the first half when Carlos Tevez
broke down the right and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area, where Messi breezed by one defender with his
first touch, then unleashed an unstoppable shot past Renny Vega
The win gave Argentina two wins in two games. Venezuela had upset Ecuador, 1-0,
on the road in their first game in the 18-game South American qualifying tournament.