Colombia Upsets Argentina 2-0 in Copa America Opener

Colombian football player Roger Martinez Photo by Imagine China/Shutterstock (9166148d)

Copa America’s Group B got off to an unexpected start on Saturday night as Colombia upset Argentina by a final score of 2-0.

Argentina, led by Leo Messi, was disjointed and unable to break through against Colombia’s rock solid defense. It’s yet another disappointment for the Argentinian National Team after a disappointing Round of 16 exit at last summer’s World Cup.

Despite having superstars such as Messi, Sergio Agüero, and Ángel Di Maria on its offense, Argentina couldn’t muster a goal despite 13 shots on the night.

Colombia, on the other hand, played smart team soccer and kept the Albiceleste from finding open space. They were knotted at 0-0 at the break, but were able to push through and find the net twice in the second half.

Colombia’s first goal came in the 71st minute when substitute winger Roger Martínez beat Franco Armani with an unstoppable right-footed strike.

The Cafeteros assured their victory when striker Duván Zapata, who had recently come on to replace star striker Radmael Falcao, buried home a Jefferson Lerma cross to give Colombia a 2-0 lead in the 86th minute, assuring a crucial victory.

Colombia is now in control of Group B and will look to seal up their berth in the knockout stage of the competition when they play Qatar in São Paulo on Wednesday.

For Argentina, they now must regroup and not allow their surprising first defeat prevent them from moving on to the next round.