Wednesday, 6 July 2011
No Copa cheer for Argentina
Host nation Argentina remain without a win at this year's Copa America after escaping from their Group A clash with Colombia with a 0-0 draw.
Although Sergio Batista's men did the majority of the running, Los Cafetoros had the better of the chances, with Dayro Moreno guilty of a shocking miss midway through the first half.
The point leaves Colombia in a healthy position at the head of the group on four points, with Argentina second with two. However, a win for either Bolivia or Costa Rica in the next game in the group will leave La Albiceleste needing a win from their final game to qualify.
Moreno scraped a free-kick wide in the early stages, before his cross found Gustavo Ramos almost under the crossbar, but the striker somehow spooned the ball over.
If his miss was bad, then Moreno's in the 26th minute was even worse.
Gabriel Milito's backpass was woefully short and allowed Ramos in. He managed to skip round keeper Sergio Romero and, although he was then bundled over by Nicolas Burdisso, the ball fell to Moreno eight yards out and with an open goal in front of him.
However, he somehow contrived to sidefoot wide, spurning his side's best chance of the match in the process.
After that Argentina came into the game, with Ezequiel Lavezzi being denied by Luis Martinez after Lionel Messi's precise throughball.
Manchester City's wantaway striker Carlos Tevez saw a shot drag wide after the break, while Pablo Armero flashed a drive across the Argentina goal.
Porto's Falcoa then tested Romero after breaking through, but there would be no goal, leaving Colombia as the happier of the two sides.
Posted by MANIMARAN.SS at 23:19