Colombia 1-2 Argentina

Things looked bleak for Argentina when Javier Mascherano inadvertently deflected Dorlan Pabon’s low free-kick into the back of the net to end a largely uneventful first half. Switching his side around in the second 45 minutes, Alejandro Sabella found the perfect ally for Lionel Messi in Sergio Aguero, and though his side failed to produce their best football, they will take great heart from fashioning a late turnaround. The win was La Albiceleste’s fourth FIFA World Cup qualifying triumph on Colombian soil and the second for Sabella, who was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella in their 1-0 win in 1997, a game also played in Barranquilla.

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Argentina 1-1 Bolivia

Argentina were made to seriously sweat against Bolivia, who opened the scoring on 56 minutes when striker Marcelo Martins took full advantage of sloppy defending by Martin Demichelis. And though Alejandro Sabella’s men levelled just minutes later after substitute Ezequiel Lavezzi struck with virtually his first touch, La Albiceleste were booed off at the end after visitors La Verde held on for their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying point on 11 November 2011.