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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 on Saturday.
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. On paper at least, this promised a thrilling attacking spectacle between two star-studded forward lines.
For Argentina, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi was joined by Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, while Colombia could count on James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado.
But it was two players who began the game on the bench that took the chance to steal the headlines.
It was a fast and furious opening that proved too helter skelter to produce any genuine chances. Colombia, playing in a fluorescent blue and orange kit, were the first to really threaten on 16 minutes when Falcao laid off a Cuadrado cross for Martinez, whose shot was deflected behind.
Argentina gifted Colombia an opening with time running down in the first period as goalkeeper Franco Armani and center-back Nicolas Otamendi played themselves into trouble deep inside the area.
Falcao robbed Otamendi and tried to tee up James but Guido Rodriguez got back to nick the ball off the talented playmaker's toes.
Moments later, Martinez wriggled free down the right and picked out Falcao but his shot was blocked.
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.
Goal! Duvan Zapata put the tie beyond doubt! A great cross from Jefferson Lerma! The substitutes link up to put Colombia 2-0 up!
Goal! Roger Martínez cuts inside and finds the bottom corner with a sumptuous strike! Colombia take the lead! 1-0!
Chance, Leo Messi spurns a golden chance to give Argentina the lead! A snap header flies just wide!
Chance! Argentina ramp up the pressure after the break! Leandro Paredes smashes a long-range shot just wide.
Argentina 2-2 Colombia. Messi will rescue a point. I reckon Cuadrado has a goal in him.— Gareth Messenger (@G_Messenger) June 15, 2019
It's 0-0 at the break. Colombia has been dangerous on the break, Argentina has looked toothless in attack. For the sake of Gareth's prediction, I hope the second half is a goal fest!
Chance! Colombian substitute Roger Martínez pokes a shot goalwards!
Peep! Let's get this Group B Copa America party started!
Now for Colombia! Carlos Queiroz seems to have gone with a very attack-minded team. Falcao, James Rodrigez and Luis Muriel make up the front three. Davinson Sánchez & Yerri Mina form an all Premier League center back partnership.
Team news time! Good news gang! Leo Messi starts for Argentina! Sergio Aguero will lead the line, whilst Nicolás Tagliafico gets the nod at right back. Keep an eye out for Giovani Lo Celso in midfield, he has had an impressive season with Real Betis.
There he is, the big man! I will quietly wager he might be in the starting lineup tonight!
A little taste of the atmosphere from inside the stadium from former Argentinian international turned pundit Juan Pablo Sorin (He still has fantastic hair)
So here we go! Tonights is not all about Leo Messi, Colombia are also playing! Thankfully they should be in this gorgeous yellow Kit! How cool is this?!
La felicidad de saber que mañana vuelves a jugar con tu equipo favorito 😍🇨🇴. @adidasco#Predator#NEMEZIZ#DareToCreate#creadoconadidas@jamesdrodriguez @D_Ospina1 @wilmarBarrios8 @Cuadrado @YerryMinaOf @santiagoarias13 pic.twitter.com/awpdkn6NVN— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 15, 2019
Good evening! Lionel Messi starts his Copa America campaign tonight, as Argentina take on Colombia at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Having finished second place in the last two Copa America's, will this be the year that La Albiceleste goes all the way for the first time since 1993. Join me for all the latest fun and games in Salvador, including team news, live match commentary and goals as they go in!