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Argentina, Colombia lack any luster in scoreless draw in friendly

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Argentina and Colombia drew 0-0 in a friendly on Tuesday that did little to cheer fans of either side hoping for a boost after disappointing World Cup showings.

Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina made a fine diving save to tip an Exequiel Palacios shot over the bar after six minutes, and while his Argentine counterpart Franco Armani was the busier of the two in the second half, neither side looked like breaking the deadlock.

Both sides used stand-in coaches for the game, with Jose Pekerman having resigned as Colombia boss last week and Argentina still to replace Jorge Sampaoli, who left his post after the World Cup.

Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, fielded a young side and they were unable to make much headway against the more experienced Colombians.

"I think we did what we set out to do," interim coach Lionel Scaloni said. "These lads now know what it is like to wear the Argentina shirt. Today several of them showed they will be giving us something to shout about [in the future]."

Argentina's next match is scheduled for Oct. 16 against Brazil in Saudi Arabia, while Colombia will take on the United States in Tampa, Florida, also in October.

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