Super-subs Roger Martínez and Duvan Zapata scored the goals that gave Colombia the perfect start to their Copa America campaign, with a 2-0 win over Argentina. It was a bitterly disappointing performance from Lionel Scaloni's side who will need to bounce back quickly against Paraguay to keep their aspirations of making it out of Group B alive.
In a drab first half, Colombia had to make an early change when striker Luis Muriel picked up an injury. His replacement Roger Martínez had the first real chance of the game, but his effort was blocked by the Argentine defence.
After the break, Argentina came out with more intent as Lionel Messi grew into the game. After soaking up plenty of pressure, Colombia took the lead against the run of play with fewer than 20 minutes remaining. Real Madrid misfit James Rodriguez played a sublime pass to Martínez who cut inside from the left and smashed the ball home from the edge of the box. It was a goal that finally lit up a game in need of excitement.
Falling behind killed Argentina's momentum and five minutes from time Colombia put the game to bed. Martínez released Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma down the left and his driving ball into the box was fired into the roof of the net by Atalanta sensation Duvan Zapata to give his country a 2-0 lead.
Messi was once again the centre of attention of social media after this loss. Here's how fans on Twitter reacted to this loss:
Messi : Comes home after losing a game.— Victor (@LucasV_fc) June 16, 2019
Mateo : pic.twitter.com/k1PpueUux9
Ronaldo: scores a hat trick— 🇨🇦🇱🇾🇵🇸🇪 (@Ismailcalypse1) June 16, 2019
Dogs: wait until the Copa America, you will see the "REAL GOAT"
Colombia: please hold my beer 🍻
Leonel Messi is like a WiFi 📶 that only connects within Camp Nou. Completely useless beyond 100 metre away from Camp Nou.😂🤣#CopaAmerica
Did Messi retire from international football again yet?— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) June 16, 2019
Think the funny thing about this messi issue is messi stans were trolling cos Ronaldo listed "he's achievements" on he's SM. Now their fraud can't even score cocaine merchants 😂😂😂😂— Turi👑 (@_turi69) June 16, 2019
God of banter always delivers😂 pic.twitter.com/lABPePMVFC
Messi please disappoint me again, i knew it Messi 😩 pic.twitter.com/KA9g7obxwq— Honcho 👑 (@AdelesBabyDaddy) June 16, 2019
Ronaldo fans coming to the TL today for messi fans 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9w5pb6xW7S— Turi👑 (@_turi69) June 16, 2019
Ronaldo behave yourself pls🤣. Leave Argentina alone before you trigger 'em Messi stans😂😂— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissyy) June 16, 2019
"Messi carries Argentina Shit Players, Ronaldo is carried by World Class Portugal Players"— FUTBALL ARENA (@FutballArena) June 16, 2019
Messi Fans pic.twitter.com/M13yYlXb7t
Maradona on Ronaldo: I hope one day a player and a leader like CR7 will play for Argentina. What he's done for Portugal is brilliant. I wish he was Argentinian.— -CR7 Paaji- (@Kakarla07) June 16, 2019
Maradona on Messi: He is a phenomenon, but they want to make him a leader and he will never be a leader. pic.twitter.com/Co32UPtwKr
Leo Messi after the Match:— CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) June 16, 2019
"I have no idea why we lost. Its hard for me to blame anyone coz Higuain has already retired. Aguero said if u blame me, I won't sleep with u again. So at the moment, I can't blame anyone." pic.twitter.com/hfxLDIy2BL
Lionel Messi is not the same player for his country as he is for his club. True. Neither is Sergio Aguero. Nor Angel Di Maria. Nor Lo Celso, Otamendi, Tagliafico. Neither was Higuain, nor Mascherano, nor Banega. Can you see a trend emerging?— Andy West (@andywest01) June 16, 2019
Messi:we are bringing the copa america home— Ohanugo Precious (@OhanugoP) June 16, 2019
Dybala: you have started again pic.twitter.com/cjdbWbZifS
Messi is great player, no doubt. Won a lot with Barcelona. But I'll never stop thinking on how he hasn't won anything with Argentina. Man's played with Aguero, Tevez, Di Maria, Dybala, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Pastore, and more of them. pic.twitter.com/V66EUHvU7p— Yaq'ub (@am_yakub) June 16, 2019
If Messi did nothing and Argentina managed a win, his stans will hire football analysts to prove that his presence on the pitch gave Argentina the win.— Emperor Epiphany (@Lexxyskull) June 16, 2019
Now they lost we can't blame him because his teammates are farmers.
Lemme face ma front. pic.twitter.com/T7uknVNy2N
Messi when called for next year's Copa America pic.twitter.com/Z0P91QN5OV— Kendrick paul 💦 (@littlehomiz_ken) June 16, 2019
Messi actually makes the banter work easier for Ronaldo fans especially when he is playing for Argentina 😂😂😂— The Kingmaker🦉 (@SmithVinci) June 16, 2019
Ronaldo fans stepping in like: pic.twitter.com/HTSeHUCNeh
Messi : This is not an excuse, but that pitch was disgusting. It was unplayable.— Fawaz Rasheed (@Fze32) June 16, 2019
James Rodriguez : pic.twitter.com/HjxSQwWd0d