A “killer” goal frustrates Argentina against Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina scored two goals in the first eight minutes, but could not withstand the pressure of its host Colombia in the second half, to tie the hosts 2-2 in an exciting match in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made five changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Chile last week, and his side started their game against Colombia on Wednesday in the best possible way when Christian Romero, who was playing only his second international cap, headed the ball into the net after Free kick, in the third minute. Leandro Paredes made it 2-0 five minutes later when he made his way through the Colombia defenders before putting the ball into the net. Argentina dominated the first half but lost their grip on the match before the break, after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez walked off the field on a stretcher with a possible head injury. The Argentine team faced difficulties in containing the danger of Colombia’s wing, Juan Cuadrado, while the hosts began to create more chances, and Luis Morel and Duvan Zapata missed opportunities to score. But the Colombian team managed to score five minutes into the second half, when Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi used his arm to bring down Mateos Uribe, and Morel scored from the penalty mark. And while it seemed that Argentina would survive, substitute Miguel Borja scored a deserved equalizer, when his header passed under substitute goalkeeper Agustin Marchesen, at the end of injury time. With this result, the Argentine national team remained in second place with 12 points, behind Brazil, the leader of the South American qualifiers with a full score (18 points). The South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup include ten teams, and the top four teams automatically qualify for the World Cup finals, while the fifth-placed player plays a playoff with a team from another continent.