Colombia wins against Uruguay to secure Copa America final spot

(MENAFN) Ten-man Colombia defeated Uruguay 1-0 in an intense semi-final to reach the Copa America final for the first time in 23 years, thanks to a 39th-minute header by Jefferson Lerma. The match, held on Wednesday, was marked by chaos both on and off the field, culminating in scuffles among players and fans. Colombia, who had Daniel Munoz sent off just before half-time, withstood Uruguay’s pressure to secure a historic win, setting up a final clash against Argentina in Miami on Sunday.

The match was played in front of a fervent crowd, which saw players and supporters engage in physical altercations. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Colombia held firm, with their fans celebrating passionately in the downtown streets of North Carolina long before the kick-off. The win extended Colombia’s unbeaten run to 28 games, a new record for the team.

Colombia started the match with urgency, buoyed by their supporters. Liverpool winger Luis Diaz created an early opportunity, delivering a cross from the left that found Daniel Munoz at the back post, though Munoz’s header was off target. Uruguay, always dangerous on the counter, had their own chances. Darwin Nunez nearly scored after a clever pass from Rodrigo Bentancur, but his shot was wide. Nunez had another chance when Maximiliano Araujo played him through, but he shot high and wide.

At the other end, Colombia’s James Rodriguez tested Uruguay’s defense with a curling cross from the right, but Jhon Cordoba’s header missed the target. The match’s physicality and tension were palpable, with the Colombian defense, despite being reduced to ten men, holding Uruguay at bay until Lerma’s crucial header secured their place in the final.



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