Argentina counted twice in the first eight minutes. Still, it could not resist Colombia’s second-half pressure as the hosts united for a 2-2 draw in a magnificent World Cup qualifier game held on Tuesday.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni assigned five changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Chile last week. His side got the best possible start when Cristian Romero, playing in just his second international, headed home from a free-kick inside three minutes.
Leandro Paredes made it 2-0 five minutes later when he dribbled through a pack of Colombian defenders and slid the ball past the keeper.
Argentina dominated the first half, but their dominance waned just before halftime after their goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was taken off the field on a stretcher with a possible head injury following a goalmouth clash.
This match leaves Argentina in second place behind Brazil in the 10-team South American qualifying group. The top four teams qualify for Qatar 2022, and the fifth-placed side goes into an intercontinental playoff.
Earlier on Tuesday, Peru got their first victory of the campaign with a 2-1 win in Ecuador. Christian Cueva put Peru ahead after 63 minutes, and Luis Advincula made it 2-0 with a minute remaining.
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