Colom­bia down US to grab Copa third spot

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

GLEN­DALE (United States)— AC Mi­lan striker Car­los Bacca scored the only goal as Colom­bia de­feated the United States 1-0 to clinch third place in the Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario here Saturday.

Bacca, 29, bun­dled home the winner on 31 min­utes, nudg­ing in from close range to set­tle a hard-fought con­test.

The US, beaten 4-0 by Ar­gentina in the semi-fi­nals on Tues­day, ral­lied des­per­ately to get back into the game but ul­ti­mately were frus­trated by some su­perb goal­keep­ing from David Ospina.

It was the sec­ond time the US had been beaten by Colom­bia in this tour­na­ment. The Colom­bians also de­feated them 20 in the tour­na­ment’s open­ing match.

US coach Jur­gen Klins­mann had blamed his side for be­ing “too nice” against Ar­gentina in the semi-fi­nals, when they failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot ei­ther on or off tar­get.

How­ever they were un­lucky not to score dur­ing an en­ter­tain­ing game in Ari­zona.

Colom­bia had gone clos­est to scor­ing first, Real Madrid star James Ro­driguez be­ing de­nied by a fine Tim Howard save on 12 min­utes.

Ro­driguez was the ar­chi­tect for Colom­bia’s goal just af­ter the half hour mark, chip­ping a won­der­ful pass into the path of San­ti­ago Arias, who headed across the six yard box for Bacca to score.

The US re­sponded gamely to the set­back how­ever, with Jer­maine Jones al­most equal­is­ing when his low shot de­flected off Arias and just missed the tar­get. Seat­tle Sounders vet­eran Clint Dempsey, ar­guably the best US player of the tour­na­ment, had an­other good game but was un­able to add to his Copa tally of three goals and three as­sists.

Dempsey al­most laid on a goal for Ham­burg’s Bobby Wood, but the Bun­desli­ga­based striker was un­able to get his shot away cleanly.—AFP

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