Unbeatable Colombia attracts with Brazil, secures first place within the group and avoids Uruguay | Copa América 2024 | Football | EUROtoday

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Three video games, three ovations. Once once more, James Rodriguez pulled the strings for the unbeaten Colombia, who earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Brazil, prolonged a two-year unbeaten streak beneath Néstor Lorenzo and confirmed first place of their group within the first high-flying match on the Copa América within the United States. The Colombians received the prize of avoiding Marcelo Bielsa's Uruguay within the quarterfinals, the place they may face Panama on Saturday, whereas the five-time world champions will face the Charrúas.

Colombia, a well-oiled and supportive crew, has responded to the relative favoritism that precedes it in its first large problem towards one of many three historic giants of the continental match – ​​Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, which is on the opposite facet of the draw. Lorenzo deployed a lineup with out surprises, nearly equivalent to the one which beat Costa Rica 3-0 the day before today, with the load of the assault on the shoulders of James and Luis Díaz, its different nice determine, accompanied up entrance by John Córdoba – who took Rafael Santos Borré's place –. The solely change was the entry of Deiver Machado, from French Lens, at left again for Johan Mojica, from Spanish Villarreal.

Brazil is Brazil, even in its most pale variations. Lorenzo had already warned, very respectfully, earlier than the anticipated duel: “You are never the favourite against Brazil.” At the beginning, a nervous Colombia accrued pointless fouls and misplaced the ball, whereas the extreme solar that bathed the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara made it uncomfortable for goalkeeper Camilo Vargas to see. James requested for the ball, and even took splinters from Alisson's submit with a long-range free kick, after Vinicius Junior slapped him within the face. The Real Madrid winger was proven a yellow card that may stop him from enjoying within the quarterfinal match towards Uruguay, whereas on the opposite facet Jefferson Lerma, additionally cautioned, will miss the duel with Panama.

Brazil continued to be sharp. A shot by Bruno Guimaraes from the sting of the realm compelled Vargas to stretch in an motion that was the prelude to the purpose of the sport. choice. James dedicated a foul on the rebound from the nook kick, which Rapinha – the one new addition to Dorival Júnior's eleven, changing Savinho – executed completely, rendering the trouble of the Mexican Atlas goalkeeper ineffective, as he barely managed to come up with the ball. For the primary time on this Copa América, Colombia was at an obstacle.

The purpose of the yellow inexperienced It was the perfect treatment for the nervousness of the tricolor – who wore an uncommon black uniform as an alternative of the standard yellow, blue and crimson. James, the quantity ten and captain who additionally appeared as a false 9, insisted with a volley that went over after quarter-hour. The Colombians tilted the sphere with persona, regardless of the occasional incursions of Vinicius, who was very tough to comprise. Another free kick from James to the guts of the realm led to a header at purpose by Davinson Sánchez, who had already scored in that means towards Costa Rica. The sluggish assessment by the VAR ended up confirming that the Galatasaray centre-back was offside.

James, the soul of this Colombia, was in every single place. He doubled up with one other long-range left-footed shot, another, to attempt to shock Allison, who got here out of his purpose. The goalkeeper corrected with out an excessive amount of anguish after which saved one other try by Lucho Díaz, his teammate at Liverpool. Colombian persistence paid off within the subsequent play, earlier than the break, when Córdoba pivoted and filtered a move to Daniel Muñoz, the right-back of Crystal Palace who together with his nationwide crew assaults like a winger and secured the draw. It was the second purpose within the Cup for the participant who has probably the most begins beneath Lorenzo: 17 in these 23 video games with out defeat. He had scored towards Paraguay within the debut (2-1).

In a back-and-forth second half, Rapinha got here near repeating with one other curling free kick, whereas Colombia held onto the ball and created hazard for Allison, who was very lively all through the match. Lorenzo corrected the sport at half-time with Mojica changing Machado, who was additionally cautioned, and for the final quarter-hour he despatched on Mateus Uribe and Santos Borré to switch Ríos and Córdoba. He additionally took off James shortly after, who was as soon as once more applauded in North American stadiums, to make means for Carrascal. Colombia may have received it on the finish with a deflected shot from Borré, though Vargas additionally flew previous a shot from Andreas Pereria to rescue the equaliser within the final gasp. “It is normal that as games go by you get exhausted,” James declared on the finish, glad with the consequence. Colombia's first mission is achieved.

Lorenzo's males took Group D with seven factors, adopted by Brazil with 5. Costa Rica, who’re leaving with a victory over Paraguay (2-1), have been eradicated with 4, as have been the Guaranis, who’re backside with none factors after accumulating three defeats.

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