Nov 21, 2007

Second Half Goals Spur Colombia Comeback Over Argentina

Who needs Juan Pablo Angel? The New York Red Bulls striker was said to be desperately needed by his country as Colombia was having problems scoring goals (two in three games going into last night's encounter at the Nemesio Camacho). But Angel was unavailable due to the knock he picked up in Red Bulls' season-ending loss to New England.

No Angel, no problem. Lionel Messi put the guests up 37 minutes in but Ruben Bustos and Dayro Moreno added second half goals for the cafeteros. Carlos Tevez was sent off after 25 minutes for kicking Bustos, an event that apparently galvanized the Argentines more than the Colombians, according to ESPNSoccernet's report of the game (and supported by the fact that they took the lead 12 minutes later).

So who are these guys that scored for Colombia? Bustos is a 26 year old defender, so forget about him for a second, but Moreno is a 22 year old forward who was playing in only his fourth international game. He currently plays for Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense, but is apparently just there on loan, as Colombia's Once Caldas own his rights. Not sure how he did for Atletico PR, but he was previously linked to moves to Dynamo Zagreb and Boca Juniors.

Argentina was previously unblemished in CONMEBOL qualifying, winning all three games they played without being scored upon. Even with the loss they're still in first place (Colombia is second) though third-placed Paraguay has a game in hand on the albiceleste and is only two points in arrears. Paraguay play at Chile later tonight.

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