Late strike lifts U.S. to triumph over Jamaica

Argentina and Colombia both finished with 10 men after a stormy 0-0 draw in South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup here on Friday.

The Argentines had striker Gonzalo Higuain sent off after a clash with Colombia’s Cristian Zapata midway through the first half and also saw two second-half goals from Sergio Aguero disallowed for offside.

Venezuelan referee Marlon Escalante was escorted from the field after a bruising contest which saw the home side’s players and staff protest furiously after the second of Aguero’s efforts was ruled out.

The results: South America: Bolivia 1 (Campos 87) drew with Venezuela 1 (Arango 58); Argentina 0 drew with Colombia 0; Paraguay 1 (Santa Cruz 88) lost to Chile 2 (Vargas 41, Vidal 54); Peru 1 (Pizarro) bt Ecuador 0.

CONCACAF: Jamaica 1 (Beckford 89) lost to United States 2 (Altidore 30, Evans 90+2); Panama 0 drew with Mexico 0; Costa Rica 1 (Miller 25) bt Honduras 0.

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