Colombia 2-0 2
Paraguay 0-1 1
Colombia put in another solid performance Tuesday night, outlasting Paraguay 2-1 at the Rose Bowl. Los Cafeteros, led by James Rodriguez, are now in the driver’s seat to be the first team to qualifying out of Group A.
Similar to their opening night win over the United States, Colombia got on the board early by converting a corner. Carlos Bacca found space within 12 minutes, sending well-attended Colombian fans into a frenzy.
Paraguay fought valiantly, but were stuffed on two great chances by David Ospina. Their lone goal came in the second half, when Victor Ayala scored the best goal so far at Copa America Centenario.
Paraguay, who reached the semifinal last year, pushed for the tying goal late but couldn’t convert. Winger Oscar Romero was shown a second yellow late, forcing him to miss Paraguay’s critical finale against USA.
That match will largely decide the final Group A standings. USA will take on Paraguay at 7 p.m. Eastern, and Costa Rica will take on undefeated Colombia at 9:30.
Ayala’s Strike Gets One Back For Paraguay
Paraguay are right back in the game, thanks to this amazing strike by Victor Ayala. David Ospina has been fantastic in goal today, but there was no saving that screamer.
James & Colombia Are in Control
I guess James’ shoulder is doing just fine. The game-time decision doubled Colombia’s score by converting a short-range scramble in front of goal. Paraguay are in trouble.
Colombia Score Early For The Second Consecutive Game
Colombia get right back to business at the Rose Bowl, taking advantage of a corner in the 12th minute. This time it’s Carlos Bacca with the powerful finish. Bacca, who plays club soccer for AC Milan, had close opportunities against USA but powered this one home. The Rose Bowl goes nuts, and Colombia goes ahead early.