Copa America .. Brazil achieves an exciting victory over Colombia (video)


date of publication:
June 24, 2021 7:10 GMT

Update date: June 24, 2021 7:25 GMT

Brazil trailed for the first time in eight matches but responded with a controversial goal before snatching a 2-1 victory over Colombia in stoppage time in the Copa America soccer tournament last night.

The defending champions entered the match after winning their last nine matches, only to conceded ten minutes later when Luis Diaz scored a stunning goal.

Juan Cuadrado crossed from the right and Diaz, the Porto midfielder, jumped in an acrobatic manner to hit the ball directly at Everton.

Brazil had the ball and created all the chances, but Colombia did a great job closing space in front of the hosts’ attack.

Brazil equalized 12 minutes before the end, controversially.

With Brazil launching an attack, the ball hit referee Nestor Pitana and Colombia players waited to stop play, but the Argentine referee, who refereed the 2018 World Cup final, signaled to continue playing.

Brazil took advantage of that and Roberto Firmino headed a cross pass into David Ospina’s goal, who slipped the ball from his hand on the night he equaled Carlos Valderrama’s record number of 111 games with the national team.

Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to talk about the incident.

“I think what happened with the referee distracted my team,” he said.

Colombia players protested the award of the goal even after the VAR review.

The protests led to 10 minutes of stoppage time and Casemiro added to Colombia’s anguish when he headed in a last-minute corner kick to give Brazil their third win in three matches in the tournament.

Brazil captain Casemiro said his team deserved to win.

“Brazil deserves to be congratulated for its mental strength, to excel all the time and to be rewarded in the end,” he said. Because calm helped us in our search for the goal. This is the mentality we must have.

“(Colombia) attacked once, scored a goal, fell back and turned the match into a confrontation between attack and defense.”

Brazil was guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals, and Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela are competing for three other seats.


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