Sep 08, 2016

    Otamendi comes to the rescue of Argentina


    NICOLAS Otamendi scored a late equaliser as Argentina fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a 2-2 draw against Venezuela in South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament on Tuesday.

    The Manchester City defender popped up in the 83rd minute to steer home a whipped in corner by Angel di Maria to complete a dramatic turnaround by the Argentines at a rainswept Estadio Metropolitano in Merida.

    Otamendi's leveller came after Lucas Pratto had pulled a goal back after goals from Juanpi Anor and Josef Martinez put Venezuela 2-0 up.

    Argentina, missing their injured captain Lionel Messi, as well as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, were always struggling to reproduce the sort of incisive form that accounted for Uruguay in last week's win.

    Venezuela - with only one point from their first seven games - looked like they were on course for their first win of the campaign as Argentina struggled to penetrate their defence.

    But with the clock winding down, di Maria's wicked corner was turned in by Otamendi and Argentina had secured a share of the points.