Football: Argentina beat Qatar 2-0 to qualify for Copa America last eight

 Argentina's Sergio Aguero in action with Qatar's Bassam Alrawi.
Argentina's Sergio Aguero in action with Qatar's Bassam Alrawi.PHOTO: REUTERS

PORTO ALEGRE (REUTERS) - An early goal from Lautaro Martinez and a late second from Sergio Aguero gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday (June 23), a deserved victory that takes them into the Copa America quarter-finals to face Venezuela.

Argentina took the lead after three minutes when an atrocious pass out of defence went straight to Martinez, who made no mistake from 15 meters out.

The South Americans dominated the game more and more as it went on, and Aguero made up for earlier misses when he scored a fine angled drive with eight minutes remaining.

Argentina's win against the Asian champions, their first after a loss to Colombia and a draw with Paraguay, leaves them in second place in Group B on four points behind group winners Colombia, who beat Paraguay 1-0.

Argentina will play Venezuela in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, while the other ties will only be decided after Monday's final Group C matches.