Colombia snatched a valuable point at home after coming from behind to draw 2-2 against Argentina in the eighth round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the South American continent.
The match, which was held at the Metropolitano Roberto Melendez Stadium in Branquilla, Colombia, saw the visitors advance in the first 8 minutes through: Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes, and in the second half, the hosts adjusted the result through the substitutes: Luis Muriel and Miguel Borja.
The Argentine team tied it second in the table with 12 points, while Colombia rose to fifth place with 8 points.
The match saw Argentina lead by two goals in the first 10 minutes for the first time since 2011.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni started the meeting with Emiliano Martinez in goal, and Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Gonzalez participated in the attacking line.
On the other hand, David Ospina protected the Colombia national team, and Luis Diaz, Juan Cuadrado and Duvan Zapata in the attack.
A free kick in the third minute by Rodrigo de Paul from the right side, Christian Romero rose to it in his second international match and headed in a strong header for the first goal in the net of the hosts.
After 5 minutes and a mistake in the positioning of the Colombia defenders, Leandro Paredes took advantage of the matter and passed through their midst deep into the penalty area and hit the left of Ospina, announcing the second goal of Tango, and an unexpected start.
Nicolas Gonzalez almost scored Argentinas third goal, but his shot from inside the six-yard area passed near the left post in the 27th minute.
Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda made his first change in the match, after half an hour of emergency, with Luis Muriel replacing Jefferson Lerma.
The Colombian players tried to get out and score a goal to reduce the difference, with a free ball that tackled Yerry Mina with Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and the latter fell to the ground in the 34th minute.
The medical staff of the Argentine national team intervened to rescue the goalkeeper, and he left the field after he passed out, and was replaced by Agustin Marchesen.
Lionel Messi almost finished the first half with a third goal in the 44th minute, but Ospina easily saved the Argentine captain’s shot.
And Duvan Zapata tried to reduce the difference for Colombia in the seventh minute of time instead of wasted in the first half, but his shot crossed the bar.
With the beginning of the second half, the Colombian team made 3 changes at once, with Miguel Borja replacing Duvan Zapata, Edwin Cardona instead of Luis Diaz and Willimar Barrios instead of Gustavo Cuellar.
In the 51st minute, Los Cafeteros scored a penalty after a foul by Nicolas Otamendi when he elbowed the Colombia striker inside the penalty area.
Luis Muriel Anbari kicked and hit it successfully, announcing the goal of reducing the difference.
Scaloni tried to seize control, bringing in Ezequiel Palacios instead of Giovanni Lo Celso in the 57th minute.
In the next minute, Ospina, with the help of the crossbar, saved a second kick, which was successfully executed by Messi.
In the 66th minute, Scaloni made two changes, with Jerman Pizzia and Juan Foyth coming in instead of Christian Romero and Nicolas Gonzalez, to turn Tango into a trio in the back line.
Lautaro Martinez in the same minute missed a real chance against Ospina to keep the result unchanged.
In the 84th minute, Messi almost scored the killer goal by following up on a cross, but his powerful shot was saved by Ospina, and then Davinson Sanchez kept it away from the attacker.
Chilean referee Tobar counted 5 minutes instead of lost time, and the hosts managed to snatch the point with a cross from Cuadrado from the right side that passed over everyone and Borja deposited it with a strong header that Marchesen failed to deal with, to find its way into the net.
An exciting match that ended in a fatal draw.
Chile x Bolivia
Martin Lasarte, the former Al-Ahly coach, was unable to lead Chile to its first official victory under his leadership yet.
He drew first against Argentina and then squandered two points at home against Bolivia with a 1-1 draw.
Lasarte had led La Roja to a friendly victory over Bolivia last March with a squad that included local players, 2-1.
The Uruguayan coach waited 69 minutes for the net to be shook by Eric Polgar, who took advantage of Charlize Aranjuez’s cross and headed the ball into the net before the goalkeeper reached it.
And 10 minutes before the end of the match, the guests got a penalty kick, which Marcelo Moreno put in the net.
With a draw, Chile’s tally of 6 points from 6 matches is seventh, and Bolivia is directly behind it with 5 points.