Argentina off to losing start at Copa America

Argentina got their Copa America campaign off to a rough start after suffering defeat at the hands of Colombia in Group B on Saturday evening.

The Argentines got off to a lively start as David Ospina rushed off his line to thwart Sergio Aguero following Lionel Messi’s precision pass after just 10 minutes.
 
The Colombians were dealt a blow four minutes later after Luis Muriel picked up a knock and was unable to continue, with Roger Martinez brought an as  his replacement.
 
Colombia began finding space between the lines, with James Rodriguez’s belter flying aimlessly over the top.
 
In closing out the half, the Colombians strung together a succession of passes with the Argentines stationed in their own half, however chances were hard to come by.
 
There was a change at the break for Argentina as Rodrigo de Paul replaced the in-effective Angel Di Maria.
 
The 14-time South American champions were presented a chance after five minutes after the break, but Leandro Paredes shot wide.
 
Frustrations grew for the Argentinians, as Ospina parried Nicolas Otamendi’s header on 67 minutes with Messi failing to pounce on the rebound.
 
Colombia got the opening goal five minutes later through Roger Martinez, who fired home from close range with a neat fiinish into the bottom corner.
 
Embezzled with disbelief, Lionel Scaloni’s men struggled to respond, while Colombia opted for their second change after 82 minutes in Duvan Zapata for Radamel Falcao.
 
Five minutes was all it took the Atalanta man to showcase his prowess, as he calmly converted a Jefferson Lerma delivery to seal the win for the Colombians.

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