Copa America: Messi-led Argentina suffers horrendous loss to Colombia

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Roger Martinez scored an outstanding goal as Colombia spanked Argentina 2-0 in an exciting finale to a Copa America Group B opener on Saturday.

The match burst into life after a sluggish start.

Just as Colombia looked like being overwhelmed by a dangerous-looking Argentina side, substitute Martinez controlled a cross-field ball on the left wing in the 71st minute.

He cut across the area and smashed the ball into the far top corner.

His fellow substitute Duvan Zapata made doubly sure Colombia would record their first win over Argentina since 2007.

He pounced from close range to knock in a cross from Jefferson Lerma 15 minutes later.

“We knew that it was a long time since we beat Argentina and we’re delighted,” Zapata told reporters.

“We’ll enjoy this, it’s a great result but the tournament goes on and there are lot of difficult games to go.”

Argentina, who won the last of their 14 South American titles in 1993, face Paraguay in their second match in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.

Colombia, Copa America champions once in 2001, top Group B with three points ahead of Qatar’s meeting with Paraguay on Sunday.

They next play the Qataris in Sao Paulo, also on Wednesday.