(EFE) -A goal by Miguel Borja in the 94th minute saved a point for Colombia, which equaled this Tuesday 2-2 against Argentina at the Barranquilla Metropolitan Stadium for the eighth day of the South American Qualifiers to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
In this match, which was attended by about 10,000 people, the Albiceleste took a double advantage before the 10th minute with goals from central defender Cristian ‘Cuti’ Romero, a revelation for Atalanta, and another from Leandro Paredes, PSG midfielder.
The coffee team, meanwhile, discounted in the second half with a penalty from Luis Fernando Muriel, Romero’s teammate on the Italian team.
The teams had not finished accommodating themselves on the court when the Albiceleste opened the scoring at minute two with a free kick from the side that Rodrigo De Paul charged and that ‘Cuti’ Romero headed in anticipation of the giant Yerry Mina.
Lionel Scaloni’s team took advantage of the Colombian defensive disorder and extended the difference at minute eight in an individual play by Paredes, which he received on the edge of the area, got rid of several rivals and sent the ball to the back of the goal defended by David Ospina, who did not have much to do.
Colombia’s reaction was timid and was led by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who moved throughout the attack zone and began to throw crosses, one of them on a corner kick headed by William Tesillo and saved without difficulties by Emiliano Martínez.
Argentina began to take advantage of that context with Leo Messi and Gio Lo Celso, who were comfortable between the lines and sought to harm the counterattack.
This is how the Albiceleste came close to extending the advantage in a play in which the Tottenham midfielder left Lautaro Martínez enabled, who finished off and made Ospina shine.
Despite the domination, Scaloni’s team suffered a setback when goalkeeper Martínez was injured by a foul by Yerry Mina and had to be replaced by Agustín Marchesín, while Reinaldo Rueda sent Muriel to the field before the break to find that his team will attack better.
The change served the coffee coach and just Muriel created the clearest opportunity by leaving Duván Zapata hand in hand with the rival goalkeeper in a shot that went wide and ended the first half.
In the complementary stage, the hosts came out like a hurricane, boosted by the entry of Wilmar Barrios, Edwin Cardona and Borja, and at minute 48 the referee whistled a penalty for a foul by Nicolás Otamendi on Matheus Uribe, which Muriel then converted into a goal.
However, Argentina cooled the game with a rocky game in the middle of the court, where the strong game prevailed by both teams and there Messi again made a difference, who found this Tuesday in Lautaro Martínez an ideal partner to hurt the Colombian defense.
The coffee maker, with many difficulties to break lines, managed to hit Argentina thanks to Muriel’s hyperactivity, Cardona’s vision and Cuadrado’s dribbling, but it encountered an organized defense that tried to plug, as far as possible. it was possible, all the gaps to avoid danger in the Marchesín arch.
However, after Ospina grew by stopping a clear opportunity for Messi at 84, Colombia equalized in the twilight of the game with Borja’s goal, who anticipated the central rival in the header after a precise center by Cuadrado from the right side to celebrate a tie, which for coffee growers tastes like a triumph because of what they suffered.
With this result, Argentina maintains second place with 12 points, while Colombia climbs to fifth place with eight units.
– Data sheet:
2. Colombia: David Ospina; Stefan Medina (m.75, Yairo Moreno), Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, William Tesillo; Gustavo Cuéllar (m.46, Wilmar Barrios), Jefferson Lerma (m.30, Luis Fernando Muriel), Matheus Uribe; Juan Cuadrado, Luis Díaz (m.46, Edwin Cardona) and Duván Zapata (m.46, Miguel Borja).
Coach: Reinaldo Rueda.
2. Argentina: Emiliano Martínez (m.39, Agustín Marchesín); Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero (63, Germán Pezzella), Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña: Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo de Paul, Giovani Lo Celso (54, Exequiel Palacios); Nicolás González (m.63. Juan Foyth), Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez.
Coach: Lionel Scaloni.
Goals: 0-1, m.2: Cristian Romero. 0-2, m.7: Leandro Paredes. 1-2, m.50: Luis Fernando Muriel. 2-2, m.90 + 4: Miguel Borja
Referee: Chilean Roberto Tobar. He admonished Yerry Mina, Duván Zapata, Cristian Romero, Stefan Medina, Nicolás Otamendi, William Tesillo, Leandro Paredes, Germán Pezzella and Miguel Borja.
Incidents: Match of the eighth day of the South American qualifying rounds of the Qatar 2022 World Cup played at the Metropolitano stadium in Barranquilla, with the attendance of about 10,000 people.