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Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez were the hero and villain respectively during Argentina’s 2-1 loss to Colombia in Tuesday night’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifier in Bogota.

Messi slipped past three Colombia defenders to put Argentina ahead before half-time but Manchester United forward Tevez was sent off after 25 minutes and Colombia rallied in the second half to win the high-altitude match.




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It was another easy day at the office for Argentina as they romped to a 3-0 defeat of Bolivia. That said, Alfio Basile’s side struggled to find their rhythm early on and it was not until Sergio Aguero opened the scoring four minutes before half-time that they clicked into gear. Victory was sealed after the break when sorcerer-in-chief Riquelme conjured up two more spectacular strikes. With a flawless record of three games, three wins, seven goals scored and none conceded, the numbers are starting to add up for the awesome Albiceleste.


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It may still be early days, but it already seems clear that no-one will be having an easy time of it away from home. The only winners on the road this week were group leaders Argentina, who recorded a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Venezuela on Oct.16th thanks to first-half goals from Gabriel Milito and Lionel Messi.
Javier Zanetti will always remember his side’s 2-0 defeat of Venezuela. The evergreen full-back equalled Roberto Ayala’s record of 115 appearances for the Albiceleste in Maracaibo, deserved recompense for the Inter Milan skipper after he missed out on a place at Germany 2006.