Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Colombia Shock Argentina and Venezuela Edge Out Bolivia

Colombia provided a shock result in the fourth round of South American World Cup qualifiers, defeating Argentina 2-1 in Bogota.

Argentina took the lead ten minutes before half-time through Lionel Messi, despite being down to ten men after Carlos Tevez was given a straight red card following a clash with Ruben Bustos.

Colombia came out after the break determined to make their man advantage count and got the breakthrough they were looking for on the hour mark with a brilliantly struck free-kick from Bustos.

They continued to press and got their reward ten minutes from time; Dairo Moreno breaking the Argentina offside trap and exchanging passes with Freddy Grisales, before tapping home from a yard out to send the home crowd into raptures.

The man advantage told for Colombia in the remaining minutes and they were able to keep possession of the ball enough to hold out for a famous victory.

In the other game of the night, Venezuela defeated Bolivia in an eight goal thriller in San Cristobal.

Bolivia held the lead three times, through a Marcelo Martins double strike and a single goal from Juan Carlos Arce, but Venezuela responded with two Daniel Arismendi goals and an Alejandro Guerro equaliser, eight minutes from time.

Venezuela left it late to get the winner, Giancarlo Maldonado heading home with one minute remaining, before adding his second in injury time with a well-placed lob over stand-in goalkeeper Luis Guttierez.

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