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Argentina return to scene of painful defeat
CARACAS, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Argentina return to the scene of one of their most painful defeats when they face Venezuela for a World Cup qualifier in steamy Maracaibo on Tuesday.
Argentina re-visit the Pachencho Romero stadium only three months after losing 3-0 to Brazil there in the Copa America final, a game they had gone into as favourites hoping to end a run of 14 years without a major title.
The base of the team is the same although Argentina are now without captain Roberto Ayala, who retired following the Brazil game when he scored an own goal.
Both teams made winning starts to their campaigns at the weekend, Argentina beating Chile 2-0 in Buenos Aires and Venezuela pulling off a surprise 1-0 win in Ecuador.
Venezuela, the only South American team which has never played at the World Cup, have lost all 14 previous meetings against Argentina.
However, the hosts have come a long way from the days when they regularly shipped five or six goals and on one occasion were beaten 11-0.
"I think Venezuela have given a ruthless demonstration of our improvement," said coach Richard Paez after the win in Quito on Saturday.
"We didn't just win with luck but with organisation and superiority."
Venezuela's big worry is an ankle injury to midfielder Juan Arango which has left the Real Mallorca player doubtful.
Argentina coach Alfio Basile's dilemma is whether to chose Carlos Tevez or Sergio Aguero as Lionel Messi's partner in attack.
Venezuela - Renny Vega; Luis Vallenilla, Jose Manuel Rey, Alejandro Cichero, Andres Rouga; Miguel Mea Vitali, Luis Vera, Jorge Rojas, Ricardo Paez; Juan Arango, Giancarlo Maldonado
Argentina: Roberto Abbondanzieri; Javier Zanetti, Martin Demichelis, Gabriel Milito, Gabriel Heinze; Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso, Maxi Rodriguez, Juan Roman Riquelme; Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez
Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon (Brazil)
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