I have no doubt that if Venezuela had played the same 11 against Ecuador as they did against Argentina, they would have maximum points in the South American World Cup qualification. Now, instead, they have lost 3 points...
Argentina started well, patiently in what in the first half seemed a more tactical game, where the Venezuelans were figuring out how to play the Argentinean side. And in the second half Venezuela put more pressure and were surely the best team as they seemed to surprise Sabella, who had no remedy against Messi disappearing from the match.
(Uh, and did Higuain play at all...?)
There is a long qualification campaign ahead for all teams, and with these results, nothing is clear at all. Uruguay seems the strongest side, while I am beginning to believe that Argentina will not qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Argentina has good players but simply lacks tactical skills, leadership, and desire to play in the national team.