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Messi Left Feeling 'Bitter' As Colombia Stun Argentina

Messi Left Feeling 'Bitter' As Colombia Stun Argentina

Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 in their opening game of the Copa America on Saturday.

Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave the Colombians their first victory over their opponents in nearly 12 years.

Argentina had dominated the second half until Martinez - who entered the game as a first half replacement for Luis Muriel - fired a stunning strike to Franco Armani's net in the 71st minute.

Colombia's second goal was also scored by a substitute. Zapata was on the pitch just five minutes when he directed Jefferson Lerma's cross over the line.

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"We leave here feeling bitter," Lionel Messi said about the defeat following the game.

Argentina entered the tournament looking to reach their third consecutive final. They lost those two previous deciders to Chile.

"In the second half we had our chances," continued Messi.

"We didn't want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going.

"In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up," said Messi, the Argentina captain.

"Whenever you lose it's hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay."

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