Argentina bounced back from a defeat and a draw in their first two games to avoid what would have been an indefensible disaster — failing to advance from the group — by beating Qatar 2-0 in the two sides’ Group B finale.
Lautaro Martinez scored what turned out to be the game-winner after just four minutes. Qatar attempted to play the ball out of the back, but a pass from a Qatari defender was badly mishit and went straight to Martinez, who was quick to corral the ball and run it down for a one-time finish from just inside the box.
Sergio Aguero put the game to bed with a brilliant individual goal in the 82nd minute. After receiving the ball 40 yards from goal, Aguero bust forward and went past two defenders in a flash before picking out a small window to hit with his left-footed finish from 12 yards out.
Up next for Lionel Messi and Co., is a quarterfinal tangle with Venezuela.
Colombia 1-0 Paraguay
Having already secured a place in the quarters, Colombia finished group play with a perfect nine-point record and locked up first place in the group edging past Paraguay.
Gustavo Cuellar bagged the game’s only goal in the 31st minute, when he snuck the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs from an impossibly tight angle.
Colombia finished Group B with three victories, by way of four goals scored and zero goals conceded.
Monday’s Copa America schedule
Chile v. Ecuador — 7 p.m. ET
Ecuador v. Japan — 7 p.m. ET
In fact, the nearest chaser allowed Juve to add to its table lead!
Atalanta 2-2 Juventus
An own goal put Juve aside inside of three minutes, but a double from Colombian forward Duvan Zapata — his eighth and ninth goals of the Serie A season — had the Old Lady’s unbeaten league record in question with 34 minutes to go.
Georgio Chiellini set up substitute Cristiano Ronaldo for a 78th minute equalizer to grab a point for Juve, who was down a man from the 53rd minute on thanks to a second yellow handed to Rodrigo Bentacur.
Juve now leads second place Napoli by nine points and third place Inter Milan by 14 because…
Inter Milan 1-0 Napoli
Inter found a dramatic late winner against the second place Neapolitans.
A rapid fire pair of yellow cards to Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, and Lautaro Martinez took advantage with a stoppage time goal.
When your match’s other top moment may’ve been inside the first 10 seconds, this game needed the goal.