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Copa America: Blow for Aguero and Otamendi

ACTION MAN: Sergio Aguero looks to gain possession from Colombia's Davinson Sanchez
Argentina's 2019 Copa America campaign got off to a disappointing start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia.

Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi both featured for the Argentines but were unable to prevent what was a first defeat at the hands of their South American rivals in 12 years.

Otamendi played the full 90 minutes in Salvador while Aguero figured for 79 minutes before being replaced by Matias Suarez 

Argentina, aiming to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993, had dominated the clash with Lionel Messi heading their best chance wide after Colombia keeper David Ospina had saved from Otamendi.

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However, somewhat against the run of play, Colombia – managed by former Real Madrid, Poertugal and Iran boss Carlos Quieroz - struck twice in the last 20 minutes.

On 71 minutes Roger Martinez fired an impressive effort into the top corner of the net to give Colombia the lead.


                        CRUNCH CLASH: Nicolas Otamendi looks to deny Colombia's Roger Martinez
CRUNCH CLASH: Nicolas Otamendi looks to deny Colombia's Roger Martinez

And with time almost up Duvan Zapata struck from close range to leave La Albiceleste stunned and throw Group B wide open.

Argentina next face Paraguay, who begin their campaign against invitees Qatar later tonight (8pm).


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