Wednesday, June 16

Colombia did the miracle and drew on the final with Argentina

• The light blue and white team was superior for a good part of the match but with seconds remaining to the end of the match, Colombia achieved the agonizing tie.

• David Ospina, the Colombian goalkeeper, became a wall to Leo Messi’s ambitions: on three occasions he was drowned out by the goal cry

Argentina left Colombia with unthinkable bitterness. He quietly beat the “coffee” team in Barranquilla 2-0. But they tied the game with a minute left to conclude. He took just one point but maintains second place in the South American qualifiers with a view to the 2022 World Cup, six points away from an unstoppable Brazil.

Despite the almost 93,000 deaths from covid-19, the meeting was held with the public. Although social distancing measures were taken, in some sectors of the stadium the attendees behaved as if the pandemic did not exist.

Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes, In just seven minutes, they put the blue and white team ahead. Colombia scored its two goals in the second stage through the entrants Luis Muriel, from penalty, and Miguel Borja, when only a miracle could be expected.

Again Leo Messi He faced a goalkeeper who did not allow him to increase his scoring flow with Argentina. David ospina it was a bolt, like the Chilean Claudio Bravo, last week. The Colombian prevented two free throws from entering the goal. Then, he was stopped by a bombing in the middle of the area.

The star of Barcelona tonight lacked the prominence of other parties. However, their presence is always a danger factor. According to the sports newspaper Ole, La Pulga is very happy with the renewal of the team whose coach, Lionel scaloni, they have the luxury of seating Ángel Dí María and Sergio Kun Agüero on the substitute bench.

I notice Messi a little tired. The heat of Barranquilla, with its heavy humidity, must have affected their performance. However, he had the cunning to allow his teammates to shine, including Leandro Paredes, the author of a real goal. He always ordered the team on the field, sometimes shouting.

Scaloni has no doubts that Argentina deserved to win. “The last play gives the point to them, it was not deserved. It changes everything, but the 94.30 minutes were perfect. Unfortunately, we came back with a point when we deserved all three. My players have made a huge effort. They are the first to want things to go well. “

The coach tried not to take responsibility for the mistakes of Nicolás Otamendi, which caused the 1-2 penalty and, at the end, Juan Foyth, the Villarreal player. “They are individual errors, not defensive. The work was perfect until that ball.”

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