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Messi will come back to the Maracana almost five years after losing the World Cup final to Germany in Brazil. He will do under different circumstances, this time looking to beat Venezuela for a place in the semi-finals of the Copa America, but the memory of a painful night will undoubtedly be weighing on him.
Venezuela's players are hoping to give their long-suffering countrymen a rare taste of "joy" when they play Bolivia knowing that victory would qualify them for the Copa America quarter-finals.
A win over Bolivia would likely be enough to see Venezuela progress from Group A into the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
There was an interesting sequence of events between Brazil and Venezuela as the injury time was showed three times since the board went up twice in the second half.
Ten-man Venezuela held on following the dismissal of Luis Mago to claim a 0-0 draw with Peru, who had two goals chalked off by VAR, in their opening Copa America match on Saturday.
Both teams reached the quarter-finals at the previous tournament, but Peru and Venezuela are likely fighting for second place behind Brazil.
Venezuela tore Argentina apart 1-3 with a phenomenal performance at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and substitute Josef Martinez gave the away side a thrilling victory. Argentina threatened to come back themselves with a goal from Lautaro Martinez, but several missed opportunities and a dire defensive display ultimately led to their downfall.