Copa America 2024: Brazil vs Colombia Ends in 1-1 Draw, Sets Up Uruguay Clash

Copa America 2024 showdown: Colombia advanced as group champions to the Copa America quarterfinals with a 1-1 draw against Brazil.

Raphinha’s first goal in the 12th minute was cancelled out by Daniel Munoz’s equalizer in first-half stoppage time, setting up an exciting battle for both clubs in the knockout stage.

As a result, Colombia advances to the knockout stages as the winners of Group D. On Saturday, they will play Panama, the runners-up in Group C, in Glendale, Arizona. However, the draw on Tuesday means that Brazil will play their fiercest rivals, Uruguay, in a thrilling match on Saturday in Las Vegas. Uruguay won Group D and had a perfect record.

Copa America 2024: Brazil vs Colombia Ends in 1-1 Draw, Sets Up Uruguay Clash
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Raphinha, a goal scorer for Brazil, stated that the five-time world winners would not be phased by the chance to play Uruguay. “Our team is evolving with each game, with each training session and we think we’re on the right track,” Raphinha stated.

Sadly, neither the outcome nor the position in which we intended to go to the quarterfinals were what we had hoped for.for. “We need to be ready for everyone, so the champion shouldn’t be concerned about who they face in the following round. “If we want to win this competition we have to be prepared to play our best.”

Vinicius Jr. Stays Out

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr., who received his second yellow card of the competition on Tuesday for a careless early foul on James Rodriguez, will not play for Brazil going into the quarterfinals.

With goalkeeper Alisson out of position, Colombian playmaker Rodriguez’s subsequent free shot barely missed the top of the bar, raising concerns among Brazil supporters. Nevertheless, despite Colombia’s more seamless start, Brazil struck first after 12 minutes when Raphinha curled an incredible free kick into the top corner to make it 1-0.

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But Colombia persisted in posing a threat, as after 16 minutes, Rodriguez volleyed over the crossbar. Three minutes later, Rodriguez felt he had set up Colombia’s equalizer when he provided Davinson Sanchez with a precise cross from a free-kick on the right to finish.

After a VAR review, the goal was declared offside. Midway through the first half, tensions threatened to explode, and Venezuelan referee Jesus Valenzuela quickly sent Brazil’s Joao Gomes, Colombia’s Deiver Machado, and Colombia’s Jefferson Lerma all three of yellow cards.

Throughout the first half, Colombia were more confident than the other team. In stoppage time, their deft play paid off as Crystal Palace winger Munoz scored a goal after veteran forward Jhon Cordoba superbly released him.

Colombia, who have now gone 26 games without a loss in international competition since losing to Argentina in the beginning of 2022, appeared to be winning comfortably in the second half and had the chance to seal the deal in the closing moments, but substitute Rafael Borre missed the mark from eight yards with the goal gaping.

Costa Rica finished in third place after defeating Paraguay 2-1 in Austin, Texas, in the other Group D match on Tuesday.

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