Colombia Advances, Sets Stage For Argentina Clash

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) On a crisp Wednesday night in Charlotte, Colombia nudged past Uruguay with a slender 1-0 win in the Copa América.

This victory at the bank of America Stadium booked them a spot in the Copa América 202 final, a stage they last graced 23 years ago.

Jefferson Lerma netted the lone goal, set up by James Rodríguez. They remain undefeated, spanning 28 games back to their 2001 title run.

Next, they face Argentina on Sunday at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. Meanwhile, Uruguay, after ousting Brazil, vies for third against Canada.

The match's single goal came late in the first half. Rodríguez swung in a corner, met by Lerma's decisive header.

Uruguay's goalkeeper Rochet misjudged the flight, allowing the ball to sail in. Before the break, Colombia faced a setback as Daniel Muñoz got his marching orders for a second booking.

Uruguay nearly equalized midway through the second half. Suárez, after connecting with a Valverde cross, rattled the post from close range.

Later, Colombia squandered a chance to seal the deal; Uribe missed the target following Rochet's blunder.

As the clock ticked down, Uribe had another go, forcing Rochet into a superb save. Each play built on the last, showing a team's resilience and tactical acumen.

Colombia's journey to the final is not just about seeking another trophy; it's a testament to consistent performance and strategic prowess.

For fans, the match against Argentina isn't just another game; it's a beacon of national pride and a chance for redemption.

The narrative of this match, woven through each pass and strategy, tells a larger story of perseverance and the relentless pursuit of excellence.


The Rio Times

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