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US Dominates Costa Rica, Columbia Tops Paraguay on Copa America Day 5

After Tuesday’s action, Columbia is atop Group A with six points.

United States v Costa Rica 4-0

The United States was able to rebound against Costa Rica after a disappointing opening game against Columbia.

Clint Dempsey started the United States goal spree in the 9th minute as he took a successful penalty  kick after Bobby Wood was pushed from behind in the box.

Jermaine Jones would add to the lead in the 37th minute when he stole the ball in midfield, passed it to Dempsey who gave it back to Jones who scored.

In the 42nd minute of the match, Wood gave the United States a 3-0 as he received a ball in from Dempsey knocking it past the Costa Rican goalkeeper.

Things wouldn’t get better for Costa Rica as the second half would be dominated by the U.S. Their best chance was a header Bryan Ruiz sent in that hit the post.

Graham Zusi extended the United States lead with a shot in the 87th minute. U.S. goaltender Brad Guzan was also able to complete the shutout.

 

Columbia v Paraguay 2-1

Within the first 30 minutes of the match, Columbia clinched a berth into the tournaments quarterfinals.

Carlos Bacca gave Columbia the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute after he connected on a corner kick taken by James Rodriguez.

In the 30th minute, Rodriguez extended Columbia’s lead before halftime.

Columbia can thank goalkeeper David Ospina for his stellar performance as Paraguay pressed in the second half.

Victor Ayala would pull Paraguay back into the game with a strike in the 71st minute, but it would not be enough as Columbia held on for the win.

June 8th, 2016 Matches

Brazil v Haiti 7:30 P.M. EST

Ecuador v Peru 10:00 P.M. EST

 

Current Standings

 

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Group A  
Colombia26
USA23
Paraguay21
Costa Rica23
Group B  
Peru13
Brazil11
Ecuador11
Haiti10
Group C  
Mexico13
Venezuela13
Jamaica10
Uruguay10
Group D  
Argentina13
Panama13
Chile10
Bolivia10

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