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    Colombia’s Andres Escobar lies on the ground and watches as a shot by America’s Eric Wynalda misses the goal during their World Cup match on June 22, 1994, in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The U.S. defeated Colombia 2-1. On July 2, 1994, Escobar was shot dead in his hometown of Medellin. The killing appeared to be directly linked to Escobar’s own goal scored during the match. Associated Press file photo

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:16 pm | Updated: 11:41 pm, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

BOGOTA, Colombia — The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad’s celebrated success this time around.

It also highlights how Colombia has changed.

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