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

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.

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Roger Martinez (center) celebrates the opening goal as Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 in Salvador / Photo file:AFP

Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata have finally humbled Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s intentions to finally land a major international title. The victory over Argentina has began Colombia Copa America campaign with a 2-0 win.

Just about 72 minutes into the struggle, Martinez shoot into the net the opening goal and fellow substitute Zapata hung-into the net the win goal just three minutes from the end. Though Argentina dominated a major part of the second half of the game.

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Argentina’s major players were, 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.

Meanwhile, it was two players Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata who began the game on the bench that made the most remark.

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 took a shot that 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.

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Falcao robbed Otamendi and tried to tee up James but Guido Rodriguez got back to nick the ball off the talented playmaker’s toes.

After sometime, Martinez wriggled free down the right and picked out Falcao but his shot was blocked was harmless at the time.

Colombia stood better chance at the game, as they dominating possession and chances, with a crippled Messi who could not carry out his plans, as so often for his country, a peripheral figure in a goalless first half.

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