Argentina salvages a draw against Bolivia in Copa America opener

Argentina salvages a draw against Bolivia in Copa America opener

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Argentina salvages a draw against Bolivia in Copa America opener

Argentina Bolivia 1 (AP)

By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have been a draw, but it probably felt like a loss for Argentina.

Argentina kicked off the 43rd edition of the Copa America in unconvincing fashion at home on Friday night, needing a spectacular finish from substitute Sergio Aguero to tie Bolivia, 1-1.

Aguero's goal, which came off a one-timed, right-footed volley in the 76th minute, salvaged a result for the albiceleste after Edvaldo Rojas put the Bolivians ahead three minutes after halftime. Rojas netted following a corner kick, hitting a heel shot that midfielder Ever Banega misplayed before rolling over the goal line.

Argentina had the majority of the game's chances, but poor finishing and solid defending by Bolivia translated into a surprise result in front of disappointed crowd of Argentines. Leo Messi sprung teammates on a few occasions with quality through balls, but he didn't make enough of an impact to get Argentina to a winning start in a tournament in which it is favored.

Here are the game's highlights:

 

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