ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The home team Colombia rallied in the second half to escape with a 2-2 draw against the visiting Argentina soccer team in a World Cup Qualifier game on Tuesday.
The visiting Argentina squad started strong as they scored back-to-back goals in the first few minutes of the first half.
Cristian Romero, playing in just his second international scored the first goal for his team from a free-kick inside three minutes.
Leandro Paredes made it 2-0 five minutes later when he dribbled through a pack of Colombian defenders and slipped the ball past the keeper.
Argentina was in total control in the first half when disaster struck after starting goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was taken off the field on a stretcher with a possible head injury following a goalmouth clash.
Without Martinez manning the goal, Colombia rallied in the second half to salvage a draw against the favored Argentine team.
The result leaves Argentina in second place behind Brazil in the 10-team South American qualifying group. The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed side go into an intercontinental playoff.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.