Argentina vs. Colombia
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Matchday 13 went by in the South American qualifier and with it the Argentina vs. Colombia match in Buenos Aires, which had been circled in red by all fans in the region since the draw for the qualifier took place.
Even with all the hype created around this match in Monumental Stadium, the final output of both teams was far from what could be expected of the two top teams in the region.
Argentina vs. Colombia: Messi on the bench the first hour
Messi was on the bench during the first hour of play, as Sabella had mentioned was the most likely case, and while many expected the Barcelona starlet to become the deciding factor in the last stretch of the match, having been inactive for the better part of the last two months proved to be too much for the Argentine to overcome in such an important match.
Argentina forward Sergio Agüero (16), currently signed with Manchester City, tries to control the ball against two Colombia defenders in the 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires.
The game, however, was not void of controversy as Marlon Escalante, the referee assigned by CONMEBOL for the match, made a deciding call early on the that ended up hurting both teams from then on. Higuain hunting for a ball upfront, confronted Zapata and Ospina, and after losing possession, kept the pressure on and ultimately kicked the AC Milan defender. Zapata retaliated and the Venezuelan referee sent both players off.
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