USA top group as Colombia are stunned in Copa America

USA top group as Colombia are stunned in Copa America

USA top group as Colombia are stunned in Copa America

Host nation, the United States of America, and Colombia advanced from Group A into the quarters of the Copa America after their last group matches. The U.S. topped the group with six points and a better goal difference ahead of Colombia, with the latter losing the edge in a shock defeat at the hands of Costa Rica.

At the Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clint Dempsey’s goal was the difference for the American side as the 10-man Yanks defeated Paraguay 1-0. LA Galaxy winger, Gyasi Zardes, raced down the wing and pulled back a low pass for Dempsey, with the Seattle Sounders player making no mistake as his 27th minute shot went beneath Paraguayan keeper Justo Villar and into the net.

It would have been another story, though, had Paraguay taken their chances. In the 10thminute, for instance, Los Guaranies had the U.S. pinned in a 3-on-1 counterattack but American central defender, John Brooks, did well to intercept the ball. Keeper Brad Guzan was also called upon in the 18th minute as he made a save off Dario Lezcano’s header.

The Stars and Stripes were made to play the second half a man down after right back DeAndre Yedlin was sent off in the 48th minute after a second bookable offense. Exactly a minute earlier, Yedlin had been cautioned after another foul and was soon given his marching orders. That enabled Paraguay to up their ante and try raid Guzan’s goal for the better part of the second half, but their plan came a cropper.

Elsewhere, Colombia were left to rue the 10 changes made by coach Jose Pekerman after the 2-1 victory over Paraguay, as Los Cafeteros were stunned by Costa Rica in a surprise 3-2 defeat at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

As early as the second minute of the game, Costa Rica were already ahead after Johan Venegas’ sweet strike from outside the box curled into the net. Four minutes later, Colombia were level as left back Frank Fabra weaved into the box to score past Costa Rican keeper Patrick Pemberton.

However, in the 34th minute, Fabra scored an own goal after Venegas sent a cross into the box to make it 2-1 to Costa Rica. Los Ticos would then add a third in the 58th minute, after substitute Bryan Oviedo's cross was met by Ceslo Borges, before Marlos Moreno reduced the deficit for Colombia in the 73rd minute to set up a potential date with Brazil in the quarters.

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