Lionel Messi To Start Against Venezuela In Copa America Quarter-Final

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Lionel Messi will be reinstated to Argentina’s starting lineup for the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal against Venezuela on Saturday.

Messi did not start any of his country’s three group stage matches as Argentina booked a spot in the last eight with a 100 percent record, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one.

The Barcelona forward did not get off the bench against Chile in Argentina’s opener, but scored a hat trick in 30 minutes against Panama in Chicago and played 45 minutes in the 3-0 victory against Bolivia in Seattle on Tuesday.

Ccoach Tata Martino has confirmed that Messi will be named among the starters at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough: “Yes, for sure,” he said simply after being asked by reporters.