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Argentina v Colombia Live Commentary, 15/06/2019

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0 - 2
ARG
COL
R. Martínez (71)
D. Zapata (86)
Arena Fonte Nova

Commentary

Up next for Argentina is a crucial date with Paraguay, while Colombia will look to book their place in the next round when they take on Qatar. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
A statement of intent from Colombia as a pair of late strikes from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata help them secure a famous win. David Ospina did his part as well, producing a few top class saves with the game still goalless in the second half, compounding the misery for Lionel Messi and Argentina as they head back to the drawing board in desperate search of a solution.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-2 COLOMBIA.
J. Lerma
Yellow Card
Colombia
90' + 4' Lerma picks up a late yellow for a needless foul.
90' + 3' No doubt about the result now, as Argentina are surely headed for defeat here despite a much better performance in the second half. It was a moment of brilliance from Martinez that proved the difference, ultimately - the same sort of moment Argentina craved but never quite got.
90' + 1' STRAIGHT AT OSPINA! Messi's free-kick can only find a Colombia head, but the ball is nodded straight into the path of Pezzella, who snatches at the chance as he sends the ball straight at the keeper!
90' There will be four minutes added on at the end of this match.
89' EXCELLENT HIT! Well Paredes, for one, brought his shooting boots tonight, but there's been no way beyond Ospina! The midfielder unleashes a rocket of a free-kick from over 30 yards that reaches goal in a hurry, but Ospina is quick to get across and make the save.
D. Zapata
Yellow Card
Colombia
87' Unbridled joy for Zapata, who sees yellow for taking his shirt off in celebration. He won't be bothered one bit by that.
J. Lerma
Assist
Colombia
86' Wonderfuly inviting delivery there from Lerma, who provides the assist.
D. Zapata
Goal
Colombia
86' SURELY THAT DOES IT! It's 2-0 Colombia and they are set to secure a famous win in Salvador! It's the other two substitutes who link up this time, as Lerma's driven cross is turned in by Zapata from five yards!
85' Colombia's last win over Argentina came back in November 2007. They're winless against the Albiceleste in eight matches since.
83' Great hold-up play from Martinez, who has stolen the show for Colombia in this second half. A good burst of pace sees him get on the end of Ospina's drop-kick, and then he does even better to keep it and win a free-kick high up the pitch.
D. Zapata
R. Falcao
Colombia
81' Colombia's final change is a straight swap up top as Zapata comes on in place of Falcao.
M. Suárez
S. Agüero
Argentina
79' Suarez is brought on to replace Aguero for the final 10 minutes, not Dybala or Martinez. It's a bit puzzling to see the 31-year-old, without an international goal to his name, be the one called upon here to save Argentina.
77' Messi is certainly capable of a lot better, but he skews a free-kick harmlessly wide of the near post from 30 yards after drawing Lerma into a foul. There's certainly a hint of desperation in that.
75' Surely one more change is imminent for Argentina, especially with the likes of Martinez and Dybala available off the bench. It's all a bit frantic from them at the moment, shell-shocked after falling behind, but they're gearing up for a big final push.
73' That goal comes just as Argentina had really taken firm control of the match, and now they have it all to do. Their backs are against the wall with a little under 20 minutes to play. Can the likes of Messi and company solve this Colombia defence?
J. Rodríguez
Assist
Colombia
71' James provides the assist on the goal,but that was all in the individual brilliance of Martinez.
R. Martínez
Goal
Colombia
71' A STUNNING HIT AND COLOMBIA LEAD! It's 1-0 courtesy of a goal out of the top drawer from Martinez! Very similar to the goal Everton scored for Brazil last night, Martinez bursts down the left flank before cutting inside onto his right and blasting a sensational finish in at the far post!
69' Colombia haven't scored in any of their last five matches against Argentina, dating back to a 2-1 defeat in 2011.
G. Pizarro
G. Rodríguez
Argentina
67' One Guido replaces another with Argentina's second change, as Pizarro comes on in place of Rodriguez in midfield.
66' INCHES WIDE! Argentina putting hammer to nail here as they try and force their way through for the opening goal. A bit of pinball ensues in the penalty area following a corner, and Ospina gets down brilliantly to save Aguero's header off the line, before Messi heads the rebound wide!
J. Lerma
J. Cuadrado
Colombia
64' A second Colombia change is a bit of a negative one, as Lerma comes into midfield to replace Cuadrado. He'll provide more defensive stability, but certainly doesn't offer as much going forward.
62' ANOTHER SAVE! This one is certainly easier for Ospina as it's straight at him, but he did well to catch the ball despite it being hit with ferocity by Messi from 20 yards. Argentina have really turned up the heat in the last five minutes.
J. Cuadrado
Yellow Card
Colombia
60' TEMPERS FLARING! It's all boiling over in Salvador! Cuadrado catches Messi with a cynical foul, and he goes into the book. The whistle isn't heard straight away and there's another little collision after the play, which prompts a massive crowd to form near the referee as everyone gets in the faces of one another!
59' TERRIFIC SAVE! A smart passage of play results in an Argentina corner, and the subsequent delivery comes all the way though for Paredes on the edge of the area, who smashes a venomous first-time volley at goal, but Ospina reacts superbly to parry!
57' The tempo is just picking up a bit, as Argentina are starting to take some initiative and force the issue. They're looking a lot brighter and more energetic in possession, suddenly.
L. Paredes
Yellow Card
Argentina
55' Paredes becomes the second Argentine player booked on the night, this for dissent.
54' Argentina have progressed from the Copa America group stage in each of their last 12 participations in the tournament.
R. Saravia
Yellow Card
Argentina
52' Saravia is beaten for pace out wide as he scrambles across and slides into a late challenge on Barrios, which sees him into the book. No complaints from the full-back, either.
51' There's just been no end product to speak of tonight, with the quality on the ball dropping significantly in the final third. Neither side is playing with much urgency, and it's showing.
49' Colombia respond well with some fine interplay in the final third, winning a free-kick in an advanced area, and then a corner, but can't make much of either.
47' INCHES AWAY! Well it's not exactly the most incisive attack, but it's a fantastic strike from Paredes on the end of it, as he lashes a blistering effort narrowly wide of the near post from 30 yards!
R. De Paul
Á. Di María
Argentina
46' Argentina make one change at the break and it's De Paul who comes on, but Di Maria who gives way. A straight swap for the Albiceleste, when something a bit more positive was expected.
46' Back underway in Salvador!
It's been a dreadful display thus far from Argentina, and you would have to expect changes to be made, and soon. Rodriguez seems to be a bit redundant in the side as long as Paredes is in there, and with Argentina desperately lacking creativity in the middle of the park, Pereyra or De Paul could be welcome additions off the bench.
The referee mercifully sounds for half-time as the teams head scoreless into the break in Salvador. Colombia were unquestionably the brighter of the two sides, but chances were scarce at either end as the match is still looking for a first shot on target.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-0 COLOMBIA.
45' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half, which is being played at a walking pace at the moment.
44' It's all rather fizzled out at the end of this half, and there shouldn't be too much time added on. The injury to Muriel and a quick VAR check were the only real stoppages.
G. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
Argentina
42' A nasty foul by Rodriguez high up the pitch on Cuadrado sees the Argentina midfielder pick up a yellow card. It's the first of the match for Argentina.
40' Colombia have only failed to reach the knockout stages once in their last 11 Copa America tournaments (in 2007).
38' Closer! Falcao rises highest to meet  a James free-kick, but he just can't get the contact right as he misses the target. Colombia are really pressing for that first goal here, with Argentina unable to find their way out from defence.
36' The referee has had a check with VAR to determine if the ball struck the arm of an Argentina defender before James' shot, but the initial call on the field stands. No penalty.
35' James always seems to elevate his game with Colombia, but he hasn't factored in too heavily in this first half. He sees a chance to get involved as he fires an effort from distance, but is unable to get his effort on target.
33' There's no lack of tempo when Colombia are in possession, but the opposite is true of Argentina, who seem insistent on slowing things down with the ball at their feet. They're in no rush to break forward, which has made it so easy on Colombia to keep their shape.
31' Argentina have won six of their nine games under Scaloni (D1 L2), keeping six clean sheets during this period – all these nine games were friendlies.
29' Again Argentina escape a scare as a result of some last-ditch defending, as Colombia were attacking in numbers on the break before Rodriguez was able to knock the ball behind for a corner. The Argentina fans are growing restless.
27' It's all rather ponderous from Argentina at the moment. Messi is having to drop deep to get involved, and Aguero is very isolated up top. There's just a real lack of rhythm or cohesion from them.
25' Argentina have failed to get going thus far, with Colombia looking by far the more threatening side in possession. Other than two balls over the top, the Albiceleste have yet to really get the ball forward.
23' Important challenge! Martinez makes a good diagonal run as he's picked out on the edge of the penalty area, chesting the ball ahead without breaking stride, but Otamendi reads it really well as he slides in from behind to poke the ball away from danger.
21' Colombia have played four games under Queiroz, all of them friendlies, with three wins (and three clean sheets) and a 1-2 loss against Korea Republic.
R. Falcao
Yellow Card
Colombia
19' Could that have been worse?! Falcao catches Paredes with a stray elbow to the face, and he sees yellow. That was a nasty one from the Colombia striker, who might be lucky to still be on the pitch.
18' The pressure on the Argentina goal is relieved following a pair of Colombia corners. Set pieces could play a huge role tonight with Colombia's two towering centre-backs holding a significant height advantage over their Argentine counterparts. It might be another reason Foyth isn't starting tonight.
16' DEFLECTED WIDE! A big chance for Martinez just minutes after coming on, as Falcao gets on the end of a ball in from the right, before delicately laying it off for Martinez, only the substitute can't navigate his first-time strike through the crowd as it deflects behind for a corner!
R. Martínez
L. Muriel
Colombia
14' Muriel is forced to give way as a result of an injury, as Club America forward Martinez replaces him.
13' No love lost between these two sides as the challenges are coming fast and furious in these opening stages. Cuadrado and Otamendi are the latest to come together. Meanwhile, Colombia have a substitute warming up as it looks like Muriel's night is over.
11' Argentina and Colombia have met 13 times in Copa America, with seven wins for the Argentines and two for the Colombians (D4).
9' A lengthy stoppage here as the training staff come out to attend to Muriel, who got the worst of a coming together with Pezzella. There was nothing malicious about that from the centre-back, but Muriel's leg got caught there.
7' Ospina just does enough! Nervy moments for Colombia as Ospina sprints off his line and out of the penalty area as Messi plays a delicious ball over the top for Aguero. The keeper arrives first, but nearly misjudges is! He just gets the slightest of touches, however, throwing Aguero off as the chance amounts to nothing.
5' Better from Argentina, who find their footing and escape the high press as they work their way forward encouragingly. Lo Celso is played into the area down the right channel, but Sanchez does well to close him down and block his shot behind for a corner.
3' Colombia are pressing with plenty of energy in the early going, and Argentina look far from convincing in coping. Saravia's indecision sees him stripped of possession, but he puts some strong work in to win the ball back, before Pezzella is eventually fouled as the pressure is relieved.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Colombia in their dark blue tops as they get the match underway, with Argentina in their classic white and sky-blue stripes!
SUBS: Cristian Zapata, Edwin Cardona, Jefferson Lerma, Gustavo Cuellar, Luis Diaz, Duvan Zapata, Roger Martinez, Jhon Lucumi, Camilo Vargas, Cristian Borja, Alvaro Montero, Santiago Arias.
COLOMBIA (4-3-3): David Ospina; John Medina, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, William Tesillo; Juan Cuadrado, Wilmar Barrios, Mateus Uribe; James Rodriguez, Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao.
SUBS: Lautaro Martinez, Guido Pizarro, Juan Musso, Marcos Acuna, Milton Casco, Paulo Dybala, Matias Suarez, Ramiro Funes Mori, Rodrigo de Paul, Augustin Marchesin, Juan Foyth, Roberto Pereyra.
ARGENTINA (4-2-3-1): Franco Armani; Renzo Saravia, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Guido Rodriguez, Leandro Paredes; Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria; Sergio Aguero.
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Guido Pizarro starts in midfield, earning just his second cap as he partners Leandro Paredes, while Fiorentina's German Pezzella joins Nicolas Otamendi at the back, between Ajax and Porto duo Nicolas Tagliafico and Renzo Saravia.
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