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Colombia’s Martinez and Zapata stun Messi’s Argentina at Copa | Malay Mail

Colombia’s Martinez and Zapata stun Messi’s Argentina at Copa


Colombia’s Martinez and Zapata stun Messi’s Argentina at Copa

SALVADOR (Brazil), June 16 — Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata put a dent in Lionel Messi ’s hopes of finally landing a major international title as Colombia began their Copa America campaign with a 2-0 win over Argentina yesterday. Martinez struck a stunning opener on 72 minutes and fellow...

Martinez struck a stunning opener on 72 minutes and fellow substitute Zapata sealed the win three minutes from the end after Argentina had dominated the second half of this Group B encounter in Salvador.

But it was two players who began the game on the bench that took the chance to steal the headlines.

Argentina gifted Colombia an opening with time running down in the first period as goalkeeper Franco Armani and centre-back Nicolas Otamendi played themselves into trouble deep inside the area.

Colombia had been much the better side, dominating possession and chances, with a subdued Messi, as so often for his country, a peripheral figure in a goalless first half.

Argentina created their best chance so far in the opening minute of the second period as Leandro Paredes let fly from 30 yards, sending the ball whistling past the post with goalkeeper David Ospina scrambling to his right.

What had been a petulant affair threatened to boil over when Cuadrado was booked for a foul on Messi that sparked a brief melee of pushing and shoving.

But against the run of play, Colombia struck a hammer blow to Argentina and Messi’s Copa hopes.

Argentina created several chances but most fell harmlessly into Ospina’s arms. — AFP

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