Copa America: James drives Colombia into last eight, US ricochet back by beating Costa Rica
PASADENA, UNITED STATES: Colombia turned into the principal side to achieve the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday, while the United States pounded Costa Rica 4-0 to recover their crusade on track.
Objectives from AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca and Real Madrid star James Rodriguez secured a 2-1 win for Colombia over Paraguay before a vocal group at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.
Victor Ayala gave Paraguay trust in the wake of pulling an objective back on 71 minutes however Colombia hung on for three focuses which implies they are guaranteed of a main two completion in Group An and a spot in the last eight.
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Colombia require just to draw against Costa Rica on Saturday to guarantee themselves of the lead position, leaving them a conceivably less demanding quarter-last against the runner-up from Group B, which contains Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru.
In Tuesday’s other amusement, US striker Clint Dempsey scored his 50th worldwide objective as the host country bobbed over from their 2-0 misfortune to Colombia on Friday with a persuading defeat regarding Costa Rica.
Dempsey opened the scoring from the punishment spot following nine minutes before Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood struck just before half-time to viably settle the challenge.
Substitute Graham Zusi included a fourth objective three minutes from time, which could demonstrate critical if objective distinction becomes possibly the most important factor.
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The win came as an appreciated alleviation for US mentor Jurgen Klinsmann, whose residency has confronted mounting feedback in the course of recent months after a progression of disillusioning exhibitions in focused matches.
Joined States Soccer Federation boss Sunil Gulati had energized new theory about Klinsmann’s position just hours before kickoff, telling columnists: “Nobody has iron-clad employer stability.”
Klinsmann in the mean time indicated he was in no inclination to surrender ground to his pundits, lifting the same beginning line-up to face Costa Rica that had frustrated in the 2-0 thrashing to Colombia.
Klinsmann’s confidence was remunerated with a sublime first half show from his group.
“I think it was, generally speaking, an extremely lovely execution,” Klinsmann said.
“It affirms the soul of the gathering. They are all there for each other, the entire seat is bouncing here and there when we score. Everyone needs the others to do well. It’s a decent gathering of folks that we have together.
“They merit an immense, gigantic compliment for this evening’s execution.
“We were excited to get on the field, energetic to get our initial three purposes of the competition.
“We took a bit to get into the amusement. Be that as it may, when the primary objective came we continued pushing for the following one and the following one.”
Klinsmann’s group now confronts Paraguay in its last Group An amusement in Philadelphia on Saturday, where a draw will likely be sufficient to progress to the knockout rounds.
“We needed to place ourselves in the driving seat against Paraguay and that is the thing that we did,” Klinsmann said.
“We are in that spot to overcome a troublesome gathering, and this is the most troublesome gathering in the Copa America. It’s urging to see this gathering of players has the amazing yearning to get things going.”
On Wednesday, Peru could join Colombia in the quarter-finals in the event that they figure out how to annihilation Ecuador in Glendale, Arizona in Group B.
In Wednesday’s other diversion, five-time title holders Brazil confront a charming matchup against Caribbean minnows Haiti in Orlando, Florida.
“In the event that we win it will be the best supernatural occurrence that God has created in football,” Haiti midfielder Jean-Marc Alexandre said Tuesday.