Buenos Aires, Argentina — Associated Press: Argentines reacted with shock Wednesday after their previously unbeaten Albiceleste allowed two second-half goals and lost 2-1 to in World Cup qualifying.
“The worst outcome,” read the bold headline in Argentine sports daily Ole, adding “a bad way to end the year.”
Colombia’s victoryin ended Argentina’s three-game winning streak over , and by a combined score of 7-0.
The loss was particularly unsettling after goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri had not allowed a goal in the three previous matches.
“On the road to, the stigma of resurfaces,” said the newspaper La Nacion, which noted closes out the year with a mark that it hadn’t counted on.
Historically, Colombia is considered the “black shadow” for Argentina and its coach, Alfio Basile, who lost to Colombia the last time he coached Argentina in the early ’90s.
With Basile at the helm,was beaten 2-1 in in August 1993 and then suffered a 5-0 loss in a month later, both during qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.
, played most of the game with 10 men after forward Carlos Tevez was expelled in the 25th minute for striking rival Ruben Bustos in retaliation for an earlier foul that wasn’t punished by the referee.
“They letoff,” said Juan Roman Riquelme, one of the players who insisted the Colombians should have been cautioned more frequently.
remained with nine points, one more than at the top of the South American standings.
Qualifying resumes in June whenplays at home and heads to .