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Copa America: Colombia beats Argentina 2 – 0

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Argentina’s bid to reach a third straight Copa America final began with a 2-0 loss against Colombia – a first defeat to their South American rivals in 12 years.

Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata scored in the final 20 minutes after an Argentina side featuring Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero had dominated.

Messi, 31, said the Group B defeat left his side “feeling bitter”.

“We didn’t want to start this way,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said.

“But now we have to lift our heads and keep going.”

Argentina have won the tournament 14 times – second only to Uruguay – but have not triumphed since 1993 and lost the last two finals on penalties against Chile.

Barcelona’s Messi missed his side’s best chance to score in Salvador, heading a rebound wide after David Ospina had saved from Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Colombia, managed by former Portugal and Real Madrid head coach Carlos Quieroz, scored both of their goals against the run of play.

Substitute Martinez cut in from the left and drove his effort into the top corner in the 71st minute after being set up by James Rodriguez.

BBC

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