Brilliant Messi leads Argentina past Venezuela in World Cup qualifying

First it was Juan Roman Riquelme with two goals on free kicks Saturday against Chile, then it was Lionel Messi who added 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, Gabriel Milito, 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.

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