survived a career-ending scare in last night's qualifying match against Venezuela.

In the 28th minute, Venezuelan defender Luiz Martinez committed a high tackle on the 34-year-old superstar. The referee brandished a red card after a review, reducing Venezuela to 10-men.

However, PSG fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Messi shook off the reckless tackle and continued with a slight limp. Messi made his PSG debut just a few days ago, in what was the most viewed Ligue 1 game in Spanish TV history.

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pushed past a lackluster Venezuela 3-1.

The Argentines take on Brazil in a rematch of the final on Sunday.

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