Hosts Argentina were forced to salvage a late draw against Bolivia in the opening game of the Copa America in La Plata.

Substitute, Sergio Kun Aguero was the man that volleyed home the equaliser in the 75th minute after Edvialdo Rojos put Bolivia ahead just after half-time.

The hosts were the overwhelming favourites heading into the Group A encounter despite suffering a 6-1 reverse to Bolivia in their last meeting in April 2009.

Sergio Batista’s men were tipped to dominate and  spurned a number of clear-cut chances, including one in the very first minute when Carlos Tevez produced a poor header when in a good position.

The magical Lionel Messi only showed glimpses of his ability, his first trademark jinking run set up Tevez but his low shot was tipped wide.

Just before half-time Esteban Cambiasso was guilty of miscontrolling the ball in the box allowing Bolivia to clear the danger.

The hosts were made to pay when Bolivia took a shock lead three minutes into the second half. Edvialdo’s cute flick squirmed through Ever Banega’s legs and Sergio Romero was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line. Que wild Bolivian celebrations and a lot of Argentina’s stars looking at one another in bemusement.

It was the substitutes that would steer Argentina to a draw. Angel Di Maria fired a cross that Nicolas Burdisso controlled into the path of Aguero. The Atletico hitman brilliantly volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

Argentina applied late pressure but couldn’t grab a winner and the opening game of the Copa America ended in a draw.

Argentina must improve on this disjointed performance if they have designs on the trophy while Bolivia have given themselves a good chance of progressing to the quarter finals.

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