Colombia thwart Argentina in World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi, who is nursing himself back to fitness after a hamstring injury, was eventually brought on early in the second half but was unable to break the deadlock for Argentina against a fiercely committed Colombian outfit.

updated: June 08, 2013 12:15 IST
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Buenos Aires: Argentina and Colombia both finished with 10 men after a stormy 0-0 draw in South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup here on Friday.

The Argentinians had striker Gonzalo Higuain sent off after a clash with Colombia's Cristian Zapata midway through the first half and also saw two second-half goals from Sergio Aguero disallowed for offside.

Venezuelan referee Marlon Escalante was escorted from the field at the whistle after a bruising contest which saw the home side's players and coaching staff protest furiously after the second of Aguero's two efforts was ruled out.

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