Argentina vs Colombia 0-2 Highlights & Goals Resumen y Goles 2019
A statement of intent from Colombia as a pair of late strikes from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata help them secure a famous win. David Ospina did his part as well, producing a few top class saves with the game still goalless in the second half, compounding the misery for Lionel Messi and Argentina as they head back to the drawing board in desperate search of a solution.
Messi powerless to turn around anarchic Argentina in damaging Copa defeat
The Albiceleste captain was just as powerless as the rest of the disappointing Albiceleste, who were deservedly beaten by Colombia in Salvador
The defeat was bad enough; the manner of defeat is what will hurt most. Lionel Messi was made to look a mere mortal by Colombia as his Argentina team were bullied and outplayed in Saturday’s Copa America curtain-raiser in Brazil, falling to a 2-0 reverse that lays bare the myriad problems afflicting the supposed international giants.
The lack of cohesion, the lack of collective play, the lack of anything remotely resembling a coherent team: these are the failings that will haunt Argentina after a dishevelled performance that bordered on anarchy at times in Salvador.
Expectations around the Argentina team going into this year’s Copa were the lowest in recent memory. Even so, the Albiceleste failed to fulfil even the most minimum of requirements as they were comprehensively outplayed in a turgid first half.
Pinned back by an effective Colombia press and hardly aided by some inexcusably sloppy passing out from the back, Messi was essentially a spectator as his team struggled to pass the halfway line. With one of his few touches, nevertheless, the Barcelona man fashioned perhaps Argentina’s only noteworthy chance early on.