Quickly ahead against Colombia, Argentina finally obtained a draw (2-2) during their trip to Colombia, for a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup.
Argentina can regret two points lost in Colombia. In a match that she controlled after two goals in less than ten minutes, a penalty for a stupid foul and a lack of vigilance on the last action frustrated her before the opening of the Copa America.
Despite this defeat, the team of Leo Messi, discreet in a tough match punctuated by an indecent number of faults, Argentina nevertheless consolidates its second place (14 points) in favor of the defeat of Ecuador (3rd, 9 pts) against Peru (2-1) and a draw from Uruguay (4th, 8 pts) in Venezuela (1-1). Colombia is 5th with 8 points.
In a Caribbean heat, Messi has long thought he did not need to weigh all his weight to lead his people to a fourth success in six games. After opening the scoring in the 3rd minute with a furious header from Cristian Romero on a fleeting free kick from six meters, the Argentines doubled the lead a few minutes later by Leandro Paredes. The Parisian benefited from favorable cons after a mess that started with a corner and then a completely unscrewed center from Messi (2-0, 8th).
At work on all set pieces, the Argentine captain did not initially put enough force and precision at 22 meters against the posts to deceive the vigilance of David Ospina (41st). He then almost found the telescope in the 58th but the Napoli goalkeeper pulled the ball out with a superb tap with his fingertips.
Managing his efforts in the sweltering heat despite a fine rain, Messi tried, without success, to annoy his opponents on a small bridge, then failed to be decisive on a bright opening in depth bound for Lautaro Martinez , the best player of the match, who found on his way a foot of Ospina (77th).
The Barcelona fired once on goal, with a powerful half-volley on a ball inherited in the area (84th), but it was without counting once again on a heroic Ospina. These unconverted actions make all the more regret the stupid penalty granted by Nicolas Otamendi who planted his elbow in the face of Mateus Uribe (50th). Luis Muriel, who came into play earlier, kept the Cafeteros hopeful, in an emergency for points (2V, 1N, 2D).
And on the last action, Miguel Borja emerged to equalize with an angry header (90 + 4). No room for long regrets, in less than a week Argentina launches its Copa America against Chile in Rio.