Without Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Carlos Tevez, Argentina still managed to find enough offense to hold off Colombia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday at Metropolitano Roberto Melendez Stadium in Barranquilla, 1-0.
The lone score came in the 20th minute with midfielder Lucas Biglia finding the back of the net after accepting an Ezequiel Lavezzi cross that the Colombia defense did an especially poor job to prevent. Defender Cristian Zapata whiffed on the clearance in the six-yard box, and Biglia just had to tap the ball into the net with goalkeeper David Ospina well off his line.
The match was otherwise fairly even. While Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez showed some promise during stretches, Colombia simply failed to put enough pressure on goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Colombia took 12 shots with two on target, while Argentina took 10 shots with three on goal.
It was the first win for Argentina since Sept. 5, when they thumped Bolivia, 7-0. Entering the match, Argentina had three draws and a loss in their past four matches. Colombia earned a win over Peru, but has now dropped two games and has one draw. Argentina has five points in the CONMEBOL standings while Colombia has four.
There are five World Cup spots up for grabs in CONMEBOL.