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Carlos Queiroz wins the Copa America against Argentina

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Colombia, coached Carlos Queiroz, on the debut of the Copa America 2019 edition in soccer, beat Argentina 2-0 in the first day of Group B, which took place in Salvador.

With goals from Roger Martinez at 71 minutes and Duvan Zapata at 86, the Colombians, who were better in the first half but scored in the second, at a moment of the game in the Argentinos with several threats were dominating the game.

With less time the ball and shoots to Colombia, with this victory they took an important step to reach the quarterfinals, in the group which also include Paraguay and Qatar, who are still going to play.

This is the first defeat in the group stage since 2004 for the Argentinians, who can still get the qualification, as the top two from each group and the two best third parties pass.

Colombia in the first half was better, but without creating great occasions, highlight only two actions of Falcao in the 30 minutes, stealing the ball to Otamendi but ended with a bad pass, and then in the 40th minute, a shot against Pezzella.

Argentina improved in the second half, took command with several occasions to score, stood out at 59 minutes Paredes, Otamendi and Messi at 66.

But the selection of Lionel Scaloni, was not effective, and Colombia in the 71st minute, scored, James Rodríguez launches Roger Martínez on the left and the latter went through Saravia, the player who will represent FC Porto, and shot without defence.

Argentina also tried to go around, but without the conviction of the beginning of the second half, but in the 86 minutes, the Colombians in a counterattack, reached the final result, with Duvan Zapata to touch in the small area, after playing in the left between Martinez and Lerma.

Already in Peru and Venezuela, there were no goals, with young goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez, 21, in good shape but also Pedro Gallese with a good showing.

The Peruvians created the best opportunities, but without effect, even against a Venezuela with 10, after the expulsion of Luis Mago in the 75 minutes.

The VAR also entered the game with the invalidation of the goal of Peru
in the seven minutes, by Christofer González, but out of play.

In the second part, another goal cancelled Jefferson Farfán again for an offside and with the Venezuelans only with 10, in the 78th minute, Faríñez and goal kept the 0-0.

With this tie in Porto Alegre, Brazil had the first round of Group A leadership after a 3-0 victory over Bolivia with two goals from Philippe Coutinho, a penalty and Everton’s goal.

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