Colombia, once again added a major setback in Messi’s hunt for his first major International trophy as they defeated Messi’s Argentina 2-0 in Group B opener.
Substitutes duo Roger Martínez and Duván Zapata scored apiece in the second half to seal their victory over Argentina to climb top of the group B. The first half ended in goal-less with both teams merely threatening each other, but committing fouls on each other. Argentina looked blunt in all aspects, from defense line to forward line.
Premier League champions with Manchester City, Sergio Aguero seemed to be very slow during the match. Colombia were forced to make an early substitution as Luis Muriel was injured during the first quarter of first half. However, his replacement Roger Martínez scored a brilliant powerful strike in the 71st to give his team the lead. As Argentina were looking for an equalizer, Duván Zapata doubled the lead with his one touch finish thanks to the pass from Jefferson Lerma. Jefferson Lerma was set free by the Argentine defenders and he collected the long ball before providing it to Zapata.
With the win, Colombia stays at the top of group B with Argentina at the bottom.
Venezuela, Peru played goalless draw
In the earlier match of the day, Venezuela and Peru played a goalless draw at Arena do Grêmio making it more easier for Brazil who won their opener against Bolivia.