Argentina held to draw in Copa opener
LA PLATA, Argentina -- Sergio Aguero scored on a soaring volley in the 76th minute to help Argentina salvage a 1-1 draw with Bolivia Friday night in the first game of the Copa America.
Bolivia's Edvialdo Rojas stunned Argentine fans with a goal in the 48th in the Group A match played in freezing winter temperatures.
"This makes us sad because we did not achieve our objective, which was to win," Argentine and Barcelona star Lionel Messi said. "We did thing well, but we have to improve."
Aguero scored six minutes after coming off the bench, ripping a shot into the far corner.
"We played well at times, but other times we did not," Argentine defender Javier Zanetti said.
The opening draw is unlikey to hurt Argentina. In the 12-team tournament, eight clubs make the quarterfinals, with Argentina still almost certain to go through.
Argentina will face Colombia Wednesday; Bolivia will take on Costa Rica the following day.
Brazil, the winner of four of the past five titles, opens Group B play Sunday against Venezuela.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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