Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella admits Venezuela deserved their 1-0 win in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier in Puerto la Cruz.
The Venezuelans recorded their first ever victory over the 1986 World Cup winners courtesy of a Fernando Amorebieta strike on the hour mark.
And Sabella could only accept that his men were second-best for most of the game.
“In the first half hour, Argentina were the better team. We had chances in the first 20 minutes,” Sabella said.
“After that, Venezuela began to get better, particularly in the last 10 minutes of the first half. In the second half they were better than we were.”
Argentina have taken three points from their first two qualifiers after a 4-1 win over Chile on Friday, but Sabella said they would have to get better in several areas if they were to qualify for Brazil 2014.
“We have to analyse what we should improve. The qualifiers are a long tournament and we must improve some aspects.”