Martinez cracker helps Colombia past Argentina

Martinez cracker helps Colombia past Argentina


Martinez cracker helps Colombia past Argentina

SALVADOR, Brazil (Reuters) - Roger Martinez scored an outstanding goal as Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 in a Copa America Group B opener on Saturday that burst into life after a sluggish start.

Colombia had looked stronger in the first half but Argentina were a different beast when Rodrigo de Paul replaced Angel di Maria immediately after the interval and captain Lionel Messi was able to find space to cause some problems.

A mass brawl ensued when Messi was cut down by Colombia's Juan Cuadrado in the second half while Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes fizzed two shots at goal.

Martinez's stunning strike floored Argentina and although they came back with a couple more attempts, they never looked like scoring.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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