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Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia

Referee: Larrionda, Jorge

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  • Rubén Darío Bustos 63'
  • Dayro Mauricio Moreno 83'

2 - 1



  • Lionel Messi 37'

Colombia 2-1 Argentina: Tevez off in defeat

BOGOTA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Argentina lost their unbeaten record in 2010 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 loss away to Colombia on Tuesday, with forward Carlos Tevez sent off after just 25 minutes.

Lionel Messi gave Argentina a first-half lead with an

individual goal but Colombia hit back after the break with a

Ruben Dario Bustos free kick and an 83rd minute winner from

substitute Dayro Moreno.

Both Colombian scorers were booked for taking their shirts

off to celebrate the goals.

Argentina, who now have nine points from four games while

Colombia, who are unbeaten, have eight, noticeably tired in the

second half of a game played at 2,600 metres above sea level.

Neither side created a serious chance before Manchester

United's Tevez was sent off for petulantly kicking Bustos in an

off-the-ball incident, referee Jorge Larrionda producing the

red card after being alerted by the linesman.

The dismissal galvanised Argentina more than Colombia and

the visitors went ahead 12 minutes later.

Juan Roman Riquelme took a quick free kick on the left and

found Messi, who slipped past three defenders and flicked the

ball beyond Agustin Julio into the far corner.

Hugo Ibarra and Riquelme both missed chances to add to

their score as Argentina controlled the ball for the rest of

the first half, while Messi was close to a second in the 51st

minute when he broke down the right, cut inside his marker but

shot wide.

Colombia, however, were beginning to threaten and equalised

in the 62nd minute when Bustos - who also scored from a free

kick in Saturday's 1-0 win over Venezuela - chipped a free

kick between Roberto Abbondanzieri and the near post.

With the visitors noticeably tiring, Macnelly Torres split

the Argentine defence and found Moreno who slipped the ball to

Wason Renteria, whose shot appeared to be going in before

Moreno rushed in to make sure with seven minutes remaining.