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Messi Left Feeling 'Bitter' As Colombia Stun Argentina

Messi Left Feeling 'Bitter' As Colombia Stun Argentina

Messi had missed a chance to put Argentina in front, sending a close-range header off target as his team opened the tournament with a loss for the first time since 1979.

"It had been a long time (without beating Argentina)", Zapata said. "We're going to enjoy this win".

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Colombia veteran Radamel Falcao also could not do much to help their teams break through their opponents' defense in a tense opening match in Group B.

Argentina haven't won a major tournament in 26 years and were beaten finalists in the last two editions of the South American showpiece, as well as the 2014 World Cup.

"The important thing is to stay on the right path and correct our mistakes".

Coach Lionel Scaloni echoed the defender's description of Argentina's all-time top scorer Messi, who has been unable to replicate his achievements with Barcelona for his country.

Colombia were the first to threaten on 16 minutes when Falcao laid off a Cuadrado cross for Martinez, whose shot was deflected behind. Their plan nearly worked early on as Argentin keeper, Franco Armani, played a risky pass to Nicolas Otamendi who miscontrolled it and almost led to an opening goal.

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Although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second half, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.

"We have to think about getting up fast".

Colombia face Qatar next as they look to take control of the group while Argentina will try to get back on track against Paraguay.

It's certainly not for want of trying for Messi when it comes to worldwide honours.

Colombia, playing in its first competition under new manager Carlos Queiroz, defeated Peru 3-0 in a friendly last Sunday.

And moments later, a free-for-all fight nearly broke out after Juan Cuadrado's tackle on Messi, with other Argentina players threatening the Colombia winger. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. Zapata was on the pitch just five minutes when he directed Jefferson Lerma's cross over the line.