Colombia defeat Costa Rica to head into the knockout phase of Copa America

Colombia defeat Costa Rica to head into the knockout phase of Copa America

Eric Munene 11:28 - 29.06.2024

The Los Cafeteros lead their group with six points following two games, surpassing Costa Rica and Brazil, each with one point.

Colombia secured their place in the Copa America quarter-finals with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Costa Rica, extending their winning streak to an impressive ten games.

From the outset, Colombia demonstrated their intent, launching an early assault that nearly saw them take the lead within minutes. Luis Diaz missed a golden opportunity, heading over from close range off Richard Ríos' delivery.

Costa Rica, the clear underdogs, struggled to contain Colombia's relentless pressure and suffered a critical setback midway through the first half.

Patrick Sequeira's clumsy challenge on Jhon Cordoba in the box resulted in a penalty, expertly converted by Diaz, putting Colombia ahead.

Diaz continued to torment Costa Rica, coming agonizingly close to setting up Davinson Sanchez for a simple tap-in before halftime.

However, Sanchez shockingly failed to connect, leaving the goal gaping. Despite halftime adjustments, Colombia maintained their dominance in the second half.

Jhon Arias delivered a pinpoint corner to Sanchez, who made no mistake this time, heading past the goalkeeper to double Colombia's lead.

Costa Rica's hopes of a comeback were dashed moments later when James Rodriguez's precise through ball found Córdoba, who coolly slotted home his first competitive international goal, extending Colombia's lead to an insurmountable three goals.

With victory secured, Colombia comfortably controlled proceedings, allowing coach Néstor Lorenzo to rotate his squad and provide crucial tournament minutes to fringe players.

While Colombia looks ahead to their final group stage clash against Brazil with confidence, Costa Rica faces a bleak scenario.

With just one point from their previous matches, they are on the brink of elimination from the Copa América, marking a disappointing campaign for the successive tournament appearance.

Colombia's commanding performance underscores their status as serious contenders in the tournament, while Costa Rica faces an uphill battle to salvage their Copa América hopes in the remaining group fixtures.