Thursday July 7, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López

Argentina 0 - 0 Colombia

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  1. Poor Argentina held by Colombia

    Poor Argentina held by Colombia

    Argentina remain without a win at the Copa America after they were held to a 0-0 draw by a spirited Colombia side in Santa Fe. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. A 0-0 draw. Can't say they deserved anything more from the match. Colombia were the better side on the night.
    • 90+2' Elkin Soto has been brought on for Colombia to replace Ramos.
    • 90+1' Into three added minutes of this match.
    • 89' Gago has picked up a booking for one reason or another. Not sure what that was about.
    • 88' Burdisso again guilty of giving the ball away. Gutierrez hammers the shot at goal, but easy enough take in the end for Romero.
    • 87' Messi with a couple of poor corners. One is taken by Martinez before Colombia deal with the threat to their goal with some ease.
    • 86' Garcia departs for Colombia to be replaced by Gutierrez.
    • 85' Aguero feeds Higuain, but his cross is blocked by Aguilar. Corner to Argentina.
    • 84' Gaga and Zabaleta keeping the ball well, but they are again met by this wall of yellow shirts.
    • 83' Zanetti tries to release Zabaleta with a long cross field pass, but he has overcooked that one. Throw-in to Colombia.
    • 82' Zanetti tries to go to the byline, but he overruns the ball and Martinez can take his time over the goalkick.
    • 81' Ball back with Colombia, who have been well worth this result if not more.
    • 80' Ramos needing a bit of treatment. Some of those Argentina faces can't quite believe this tonight.
    • 79' Messi leans back and lifts the ball 25 yards over the bar. Wretched effort, but just about sums up the night for Argentina.
    • 78' Aguero taken out late by Yepes. Chance here then for the home side from the edge of the area. Messi to take the free-kick.
    • 77' Zanetti continues to look as fit as a fiddle as he tries to drive Argentina forward.
    • 76' Milito comes across to make a timely challenge on the dangerous Ramos. Colombia continue to seek a goal.
    • 75' Solid stop by Martinez as he pulls off a superb stop to repel a stinging effort from Higuain.
    • 74' Falcao meets Messi's first corner before Mascherno narrowly fails to thread a pass through the yellow shirts.
    • 73' Aguero goes too early as he tries to spring the offisde trap. Doesn't look likely at the moment.
    • 72' Mascherano back to stop the cross coming over from Armero. Fine bit of defending.
    • 71' Gago lifts a shot miles over the bar. Poor effort and he knows it. Pressure off Colombia for now.
    • 70' Benega is off and Higuain is on. His country badly need a goal.
    • 69' Another change coming here for the home side as Gonazlo Higuain gets ready to be introduced to the action.
    • 68' Argentina have won only two of their previous eight games. They are struggling for a goal here. Colombia continue to scrap with some relish.
    • 67' Zuniga and Mascherano collide. Colombia in possession and on the attack.
    • 66' Lovely pass by Messi into the path of Aguero, but he just fails to get on the ball as Martinez comes out to smother it.
    • 65' Falcao dashes clear on goal, but Romero stands tall to make the save from the shot. Another fine move by Colombia.
    • 64' Armero smacks a wonderful shot at goal from Guarin's pass, but fine save by Romero as he dives to tip the ball wide. Great move by Colombia.
    • 63' Zabaleta flies into a clumsy late challange on Ramos around the halfway line.
    • 62' Tevez thumps a blistering shot at goal, but it hits off the head of Aguero and flies over the bar.
    • 61' Sergio Aguero is brought on for Lavezzi, who had been playing on the fringes of this match.
    • 60' Cambiasso is replaced by Fernando Gago for the home side.
    • 59' Tevez tries to play in Lavezzi, but he is again deemed to be offside. More unhappy faces in the ground.
    • 58' A bit of a dead atmosphere in the ground. This is not going according to plan for the home side.
    • 57' Colombia comfortable enough in possession as they string the ball across the back of their defence.
    • 56' Yepes across to snuff out the pass by Lavezzi. More frustration for the home fans.
    • 55' Mascherano does enough to get himself back to make the tacke on the rampaging Ramos. Ramos not lacking pace or a work ethic.
    • 54' Argentina continue to toil to break down Colombia, who are playing quite deep in defence then hitting on the break.
    • 53' Ball flicks off a post with Messi challenged in the area, but wouldn't have mattered as Lavezzi is correctly penalised for being offside.
    • 52' A crunching effort from Mascherano. Ball dipped in the air 25 yards out, but Martinez kept his eye on it to make the stop.
    • 51' Mascherano knocks the ball behind from the Ramos cross before Romero punches out the corner. Argentina not looking too clever at the back.
    • 50' Lavezzi races up the park, but he is isolated and is forced to bring down Yepes in some frustration.
    • 49' Colombia with six shots on goal compared to four by the home team. Those stats tell their own story.
    • 48' Falcao furious after he tumbled under pressure from Mascherano, but that looked to be the right decision by the referee.
    • 47' Tevez is immediately taken out of the play by Moreno. Colombia continue to scrap for every 50-50 ball out there.
    • 46' The referee blows his whistle and we are off and running in the second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. No sign of an Argentina goal yet. 0-0. All very even.
    • 44' We are into a minute of time added on.
    • 43' Messi in a spot of bother. The home fans hold their breath, but he is quickly back to his feet. Studs seemed to stick in the turf.
    • 42' Romero races from his line to cut out the little chipped ball over the top from Guarin.
    • 41' Argentina's defence all over the show at the moment. Home fans not too happy with what they are seeing.
    • 40' Falcao picks out Moreno. He goes for goal from outside the box, but Romero dives to make another fine save. Colombia growing in confidence.
    • 39' Falcao thumps a blistering effort at the home goal from distance. That was travelling, but Romero dives to make the block. Impressive save.
    • 38' Colombia continue to stick two men on Messi whenever he gets the ball. They are working hard to close down space.
    • 37' Colombia would take this at the moment. Zabaleta makes a frantic block to halt Moreno's shot. Good piece of attacking play.
    • 36' Yepes challenges Lavezzi. The Napoli man looking for the foul, but nothing doing from the referee.
    • 35' Zuniga on the charge for Colombia, but Burdisso watches the ball and not the man as he takes out the opposing player with a strong sliding challenge.
    • 34' Argentina again on the attack. Messi and Tevez combine well, but Milito is there to break up the attack.
    • 33' More delightful skiil by Messi seconds later. Chips a ball over the top of the visiting defence, but Tevez is just offside.
    • 32' Martinez stands tall to save from Lavezzi. Wonderful pass by Messi, but he can't find the finish.
    • 31' Lavezzi deemed to be offside from Cambiasso's dinked ball. Bit of frustration for the home fans.
    • 30' Perea showing all of his experience to take the ball away from Messi as he prepared to open his box of tricks.
    • 29' Tevez almost gives the Colombian defence the slip, but Martinez is out to save at the feet of the Manchester City forward.
    • 28' Guarin bundles Zanetti to the deck with a rough challenge. Another foul goes to the home side on the halfway line.
    • 27' Cambiasso takes out Guarin. Colombia continuing to give as good as they are getting out there.
    • 26' Sanchez fouls Lavezzi before Tevez knocks a volley over the bar seconds later. Should done better with the finish.
    • 25' Best two chances of this match have fallen to Colombia. Will they live to regret missing those chances.
    • 24' What a miss by Moreno! Golden chance after Milito gave the ball away. Burdisso challenged Ramos before Moreno knocked it wide with the keeper down and out of the game.
    • 23' Moreno thumps an effort wide of the home goal as Zanetti fails to clear. Fine hit by Moreno.
    • 22' Argentina keeping the ball well enough, but not really going anywhere with it as Messi is robbed of the ball.
    • 21' Zanetti robs Moreno of the ball. The home side having to scrap for everthing at the moment.
    • 20' Stunning footwork by Messi, but Zabaleta's cross seconds later is a big disappointment. Colombia holding their own.
    • 19' Colombia with the best chance of the night as Guarin fouls Messi. Argentina's big two of Tevez and Messi not yet in the game.
    • 18' Ramos lifts a shot over the bar from six yards out! What a miss. Fine cross by Moreno, but fails to net. What a chance that was!
    • 17' Superb probing cross by Cambiasso. Almost caught out Martinez, but he does well to claw that cross over his own bar. Falcao alert to clear the corner.
    • 16' Moreno goes for goal from 25 yards out, but he has lifted that effort well over the bar. Disappointing free-kick.
    • 15' Mascherano must be looking at a yellow card soon after another foul sees Falcao take a tumble.
    • 14' Guarin bundled to the deck by Mascherano. All highly competitive in the midfield area at the moment.
    • 13' Lavezzi and Milito waiting in the box, but Martinez is out to claw the ball away for Colombia from the free-kick.
    • 12' Strong play by Lavezzi before Aguilar fouls Zabaleta. This is a promising position.
    • 11' Guarin hammers the ball straight at Zabaleta and Argentina can launch their own attack. Wasted opportunity in the end.
    • 10' Mascherano brings down Aguilar. Another decent free-kick chance for the visiting side from long range.
    • 9' Banega decides to try his luck from 30 yards out. Ball flies wide of the post. Solid enough hit, but just off target.
    • 8' Tevez tries to pick out Messi, but Zuniga then Aguilar do enough to get the ball away this time. Argentina suddenly warming to the task.
    • 7' Zabaleta throws over a wonderful cross. Great run, but Perea is there to clear the danger as Colombia scramble the ball clear.
    • 6' Banega guilty of fouling Zuniga before Aguiler is booked for a cynical late challenge on Tevez.
    • 5' Fine delivery by Guarin, but Argentina watch him the cross ball like a hawk. Decent little spell of possession by Colombia.
    • 4' Guarin throws over a cross, but Gabriel Milito was there to cut the ball out. Corner to Colombia.
    • 3' Zabaleta on the charge down a flank, but the ball bounces off him and the visiting side can pick up.
    • 2' Colombia have only managed eight wins against Argentina in their 31 meetings. Would be a huge shock if they upset the odds this evening. Argentina keeping the ball.
    • 1' We are off and running. This stadium holds 47,000. Argentina expects. As it usually does.
    • 0140 Teams out on the pitch. Colombia in yellow, Argentina in blue and white. Pitch looking in decent condition.
    • 0135 Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez said he would not let the big names in the Argentina team distract him. "Out of respect, I base myself on an improvement in my team because if I start thinking about Argentina I'll go crazy. How do I mark Messi, (Carlos) Tevez, Aguero, (Angel) Di Maria?" he said.
    • 0130 Argentina coach Sergio Batista acknowledged the pressure on his team after their opening draw. "The national team always has pressure, the more so now with the obligation of winning after the draw," he said after arriving in Santa Fe with his squad.
    • 0125 Argentina have suffered upsets by Colombia in the past in World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America, and the ground, officially known as the Brigadier Estanislao Lopez stadium, has been the site of some of Colon's great shocks in club football.
    • 0120 Argentina, the tournament favourites, were held to a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in La Plata in their Group A opener and need a win at Colon's stadium to get their campaign back on track. Lionel Messi was kept quiet by a well-organised Bolivian defence and Argentina needed a late equaliser from Sergio Aguero to save their blushes.
    • 0115 Good morning and welcome to live coverage of Argentina v Colombia in the Copa America. Game kicks off in Santa Fe at 1.45am as Argentina chase their first win of the tournament.
  • Summary

    • 88' Burdisso again guilty of giving the ball away. Gutierrez hammers the shot at goal, but easy enough take in the end for Romero.
    • 75' Solid stop by Martinez as he pulls off a superb stop to repel a stinging effort from Higuain.
    • 65' Falcao dashes clear on goal, but Romero stands tall to make the save from the shot. Another fine move by Colombia.
    • 64' Armero smacks a wonderful shot at goal from Guarin's pass, but fine save by Romero as he dives to tip the ball wide. Great move by Colombia.
    • 62' Tevez thumps a blistering shot at goal, but it hits off the head of Aguero and flies over the bar.
    • 52' A crunching effort from Mascherano. Ball dipped in the air 25 yards out, but Martinez kept his eye on it to make the stop.
    • 40' Falcao picks out Moreno. He goes for goal from outside the box, but Romero dives to make another fine save. Colombia growing in confidence.
    • 39' Falcao thumps a blistering effort at the home goal from distance. That was travelling, but Romero dives to make the block. Impressive save.
    • 32' Martinez stands tall to save from Lavezzi. Wonderful pass by Messi, but he can't find the finish.
    • 24' What a miss by Moreno! Golden chance after Milito gave the ball away. Burdisso challenged Ramos before Moreno knocked it wide with the keeper down and out of the game.
    • 18' Ramos lifts a shot over the bar from six yards out! What a miss. Fine cross by Moreno, but fails to net. What a chance that was!
    • 17' Superb probing cross by Cambiasso. Almost caught out Martinez, but he does well to claw that cross over his own bar. Falcao alert to clear the corner.
    • 7' Zabaleta throws over a wonderful cross. Great run, but Perea is there to clear the danger as Colombia scramble the ball clear.

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  • Argentina

    Manager: Sergio Batista

  • Colombia

    Manager: Hernán Darío Gómez

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