The pressure will mount even more on Lionel Messi and Argentina after they were held to disappointing 1-1 draw with Boliva in the Copa America opener. Argentina have not won a major tournament since 1993, and that is not going to change anytime soon based on this performance.
Fittingly, it was one of the most-wanted men in world football who got the Argentina goal. Sergio Aguero, the son-in-law of Diego Maradona, came on as a second-half substitute and promptly rescued a point after Brazil-born Edvaldo Rojas had stunned the hosts by breaking the deadlock just two minutes into the second half. The 25-year-old ghosted in to nudge home following a corner on the left, the ball running under Ever Banega’s foot on the line with keeper Sergio Romero beaten.
Once again Lionel Messi failed to give the sort of performance we see week in and week out for Barcelona, while playing for Argentina and as a result Argentina struggled to break down a stubborn Bolivia defense.
In the first half Argentina had most of the possession, but even with Messi and Carlos Tevez in the line-up they rarely threatened to score.
If Argentina fans were unhappy with their teams first-half performance they were positively stunned two minutes into the second-half when Edvialdo Rojas put Bolivia one-up after only two minute as he deflected a shot from close range that slipped between the near post and the hands of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
It should have gotten much worse for the hosts when Martins was sent clean through on goal but showed too much of the ball to a grateful Romero.
The stage was then set for substitute Aguero to come on and score a incredible volley to give Argentina a share of the points. Next up for Argentina is Colombia on Wednesday, where Argentina fans will be expecting a much better performance from the tournament favourites.