Sabella starts with a win for Argentina, and Friday’s Apertura goals (video)

Alejandro Sabella’s first match in charge of the Argentine national team wasn’t a walk in the park, but brought a victory and a performance no-one had any particular complaints about. Against Venezuela, one of the (many) shock teams of the Copa América in July, having finished fourth in that tournament, Sabella’s men won 1-0 in Calcutta through a Nicolás Otamendi goal, headed in from a Lionel Messi corner. That goal is here, as are those from much later on Friday, when the fifth round of matches in the 2011 Torneo Apertura got underway with 1-0 wins for Tigre and Belgrano over, respectively, Banfield and San Lorenzo. Newell’s Old Boys and Colón drew 0-0.

International friendly

Argentina 1 – 0 Venezuela

Torneo Apertura 2011

Tigre 1 – 0 Banfield

San Lorenzo 0 – 1 Belgrano

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