Lionel Messi scored once and set up two goals as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 to remain in control of the South American qualifying race for the 2014 World Cup Friday.
Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) celebrates with teammates Ezequiel Lavezzi and Fernando Gago after shooting a penalty to score a goal against Venezuela during their 2014 World Cup, South America qualifier match, at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, on March 22, 2013. Argentina won 3-0.
The Argentinian skipper was the architect of two Gonzalo Higuain strikes which came either side of an emphatic Messi penalty on the stroke of half-time at the Monumental Stadium.
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