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Argentina faces Colombia in a 2019 Copa America group stage match on Saturday

Argentina faces Colombia in a 2019 Copa America group stage match on Saturday

Argentina lost 2-0 on Saturday, the team's first defeat in a Copa America opener since 1979.

On 71 minutes Roger Martinez fired an impressive effort into the top corner of the net to give Colombia the lead.

Messi, 31, said the Group B defeat left his side "feeling bitter".

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

The former Real Madrid manager said plans to "neutralise" Messi paid off with the Argentina captain a largely peripheral figure in a goalless first half.

"Whenever you lose it's hard for us, we usually take it badly".

"For us, we can't think we are candidates just because we beat Messi's Argentina, there's still work to do".

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Argentina can still make the knockout stage with games against Paraguay on Thursday morning and invited side Qatar next Monday.

Argentina had dominated for large spells during the game, as Messi failed to head home a rebound from close range for what was their best chance.

At the other end, Messi struggled to find his way and overally it was a poor play by both teams in the first half, which failed to produce a single shot on target.

And moments later, a free-for-all fight nearly broke out after Juan Cuadrado's tackle on Messi, with other Argentina players threatening the Colombia winger.

And he praised his team for "controlling Messi a bit", noting that "we're always talking about him and you can not neutralize him".

One week after Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portuguese win the UEFA Nations League, Argentina's latest result has provided Messi's doubters with more ammunition to attack him with.

Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now. The team had never lost any of their opening matches in the South American tournament by two goals.

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