Argentina fans (and Barça fans who support Argentina in major tournaments) always talk themselves into optimism ahead of a new tournament and another chance for Lionel Messi to win a title with his country. The Barcelona superstar did not hide from what was a very physical opening match against Colombia, but the same thing happened again: he has no help despite a bunch of talented players by his side, and his team loses the game.
Colombia were awesome in their strategy, and all of a sudden they look like contenders. But this is about the Albiceleste: they just weren’t good at all except from a 25-minute stretch in the second half, and when push came to shove they just hoped that Messi would save them. That’s their biggest problem, and it’ll continue to be their biggest problem as long as Messi plays for them.
This was just the first game, though, and Argentina should beat Paraguay and Qatar to advance to the quarterfinals. But this game proved they’re not ready to face the best teams in the continent unless a miracle happens. And that miracle has a name: Lionel Messi.
Day 2 Results
VENEZUELA 0-0 PERU
ARGENTINA 0-2 COLOMBIA
Goals: Martínez (71’), Zapata (86’)
Goal of the Day
The pass from James Rodríguez, the run and finish from Roger Martínez. Colombia’s first goal against Argentina was just ridiculous (U.S. only):
Day 3 Schedule
Paraguay vs Qatar (9pm CET, Sunday)