Lionel Messi takes it easy during Argentina training ahead of Venezuela match - in pictures

Messi and his Argentina teammates face Venezuela at the Maracana on Friday for a place in the 2019 Copa America semi-finals

Lionel Messi joined his Argentina teammates for a training session in Brazil ahead of Friday's 2019 Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela.

The squad were put through their paces at Centro de Treinamento do Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro ahead of Friday's encounter at the Maracana.

The match kicks off at 11pm UAE.

Argentina averted the ignominy of exiting at the group stage thanks to Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero's strikes in Monday's 2-0 win over tournament guests Qatar that saw the two-time World Cup winners leapfrog Paraguay to secure the second automatic qualifying place behind Group B winners Colombia.

Messi has never won the Copa America in four previous attempts, losing the past two finals, both to Chile on penalties.

Argentina last lifted the Copa America in 1993.