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ceded a last-minute equalizer to
open its Copa America partici-
pation with a disappointing 2-
2 draw with Paraguay on Satur-
Substitute striker Lucas Barrios
scored in the 90th-minute to cap
Paraguay s comeback after
Argentina had opened a two-goal
lead in the first half.
Sergio Aguero opened the scor-
ing for Argentina in the 29th after
intercepting a bad pass by
Paraguayan defender Miguel
Samudio, and Lionel Messi added
to the lead by converting a 36th-
minute penalty after Samudio was
called for a foul on Angel Di
Paraguay scored its first goal
with Nelson Valdez s shot from
the top of the area in the 60th,
and Barrios equalized with a left-
footed shot after a long cross into
the area. The ball was deflected
back toward Barrios and he
quickly fired his shot low into the
back of the net as Argentina goal-
keeper Sergio Romero could only
"We showed that we are a
strong team," said the Argentine-
born Barrios, who celebrated by
taking off his jersey and running
toward his teammates.
Argentina dominated most of
the match at the La Portada Sta-
dium and seemed headed to an
easy victory in its opener, but
Paraguay surged forward after
scoring its first goal and created
several opportunities until finally
equalizing with Barrios.
"We had the match under con-
trol," Argentina coach Gerardo
Martino said. "But we made too
many mistakes in the second
Argentina, trying to end a 22-
year title drought, missed a
chance to reach the top of Group
B along with Uruguay, which ear-
lier Saturday defeated Jamaica 1-
0 in Antofagasta.
With a team that also includes
stars such as Carlos Tevez, Gon-
zalo Higuain and Ezequiel
Lavezzi, Argentina is one of the
main favorites to win the South
"It s upsetting to end up with
the draw after being up 2-0,"
Aguero put Argentina ahead
after Samudio s pass back to goal-
keeper Antony Silva was short,
allowing the striker to enter the
area free from any defenders and
in great position to score. He eas-
ily cleared the goalkeeper before
finding the open net with a right-
Messi converted the penalty
with a firm low shot into the cor-
ner, scoring his 46th goal in 98
matches with the national team.
Paraguayan players complained
with Colombian referee Wilmar
Roldan, saying Samudio made a
clean challenge on Di Maria in
the play that prompted the penal-
ty.Paraguay pressed forward after
Valdez scored his goal with a shot
over Romero. Valdez nearly equal-
ized in the 71st with a close-range
shot that missed just wide, and
Samudio had his shot stopped by
Romero in the 76th.
"After the first goal they began
to play well and we didn t have
an answer to their game,"
Argentina midfielder Javier
Argentina hasn t won a signif-
icant trophy since the 1993 Copa
America in Ecuador, when Messi
was only six years old.
The Argentines hosted the 2011
Copa America, but Messi and his
teammates were eliminated by
eventual champion Uruguay in
the quarterfinals. Argentina lost
consecutive finals to Brazil in
2004 and 2007.
Argentina next play Uruguay
in La Serena, while Paraguay will
face Jamaica in Antofagasta.
Both matches will be on Tues-
champion Uruguay defeated
Jamaica 1-0 in their Copa Amer-
ica opener on Saturday.
Cristian Rodriguez scored in
the 52nd minute in the Group B
match, as Uruguay struggled put-
ting together an attack without
Suarez is missing the tourna-
ment for biting Giorgio Chiellini
of Italy in last year s World Cup.
Rodriguez, the best player on
the field, scored after Jose Maria
Gimenez headed a free kick in his
direction in front of the goal.
Uruguay took most of the first
period to creep into the Group B
match, with Jamaica looking dan-
gerous on the counterattack and
playing evenly with the South
"My players were surprised,"
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez
said. "We re not used to the speed
they showed, besides being well
organized. We knew it wasn t
going to be easy.
"There were things that didn t
Rodriguez had Uruguay s only
real chance in the first half, forc-
ing Jamaica goalkeeper Duwayne
Kerr to make a leaping save in
Jamaica s best chance in the
half came two minutes later when
Darren Mattocks was alone in
front of Uruguay keeper Fernando
Muslera, but partially missed the
ball trying to get off a shot.
Jamaica had a few chances after
Rodriguez s goal. Deshorn Brown
headed just wide in the 80th, and
Kemar Lawrence sailed a free kick
just over the crossbar in the 85th.
Christian Stuani missed an
open net in the 88th, which char-
acterized much of Uruguay s stut-
On Tuesday in Group B,
Jamaica faces Paraguay, and
Uruguay plays Argentina.
Gibraltar fans' bus
crashes in south Spain
MADRID---Officials say a bus carrying soccer fans of the Gibraltar
national team has crashed into a van in southwest Spain, killing a
man and injuring at least nine others.
The bus had picked up 43 fans from Faro airport in southern Portugal
and was driving to the tiny British territory on the southwestern tip
of Spain when the collision happened early yesterday.
The fans were coming back from supporting the team at a European
Championship qualification match in Germany. Gibraltar lost 7-0.
Authorities say the van driver---a Moroccan national---died and eight
occupants, plus one bus passenger, were transferred to a hospital for
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says the crash was "tragic
news" and he would be sending condolences to the king of Morocco.
Swiss goalkeeper Buerki
DORTMUND---Borussia Dortmund has signed Swiss goalkeeper
Roman Buerki from relegated Freiburg.
Dortmund says in a statement that the 24-year-old Buerki "was one
of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Bundesliga last season."
Buerki, who has made two appearances for Switzerland, played all
34 of Freiburg s Bundesliga games last season but couldn t prevent the
club s relegation on the final day.
Dortmund did not disclose the length of Buerki s contract or the
transfer fee going to Freiburg.
Buerki joins established goalkeepers Roman Weidenfeller and Mitch
Langerak at Dortmund. His arrival calls Weidenfeller s future into
question with just one year remaining on the 34-year-old s contract.
Argentina concedes late
goal to draw with Paraguay
Paraguay's Marcos Caceres celebrates after his teammate Lucas Barrios
scored against Argentina as Lionel Messi looks on during a Copa America
Group B soccer match at La Portada stadium in La Serena, Chile, Saturday.
Uruguay defeats Jamaica 1-0
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez, right, celebrates after scoring with his
teammate Jose Maria Gimenez during a Copa America Group B soccer
match at the Calvo y Bascunan Regional Stadium in Antofagasta, Chile,
Saturday. AP PHOTO
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