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Argentina beats Colombia, loses Crespo for tournament
by Paul Kennedy, July 3rd, 2007 7AM

TAGS:  argentina, copa america


For the second straight game, Argentina brushed aside the minor inconvenience of falling behind on a early goal and recovered to score four goals.

Against the USA, the Argentines conceded a penalty kick by Eddie Johnson in the 9th minute yet prevailed, 4-1. Against Colombia on Monday night in Maracaibo, a clever back heel by Edixon Perea put the Argentines in a hole in the 10th minute, but they again recovered to win, 4-2, and join Paraguay and Mexico in the quarterfinals.

Argentina learned from its lesson against the USA and wasn't slow to react against the Colombians. Juan Roman Riquelme scored two goals, and Hernan Crespo added his third goal in two games to give Argentina a 3-1 lead at the half. Diego Milito added a late insurance goal after Colombia pulled one back through Jaime Castrillon.

There was bad news for Argentina, however, as it lost Crespo for the rest of the tournament. He pulled a muscle when he took the penalty on Argentina's tying goal in the 20th minute and was immediately replaced by Milito.

July 2 in Maracaibo
Argentina 4 Colombia 2. Goals: Crespo pen. 20, Riquelme 34, 45, D.Milito 90; Perea 10, Castrillon 73.
Argentina -- Abbondanzieri, Zanetti, Ayala, G.Milito, Heinze, Mascherano, Cambiasso, Veron (Gonzalez, 80), Riquelme, Messi (Tevez, 84), Crespo (D.Milito, 21).
Colombia -- Calero, Vallejo, Cordoba, L.A. Perea, Arizala, Vargas, Viafara (Castrillon, 62), Banguero, Ferreira (Torres, 76), Rodallega, E.Perea (Chitiva, 67).
Red card: Colombia -- Fabian Vargas 90.
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil).

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