Saturday July 2, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Estadio 23 de Agosto

Colombia 1 - 0 Costa Rica

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  1. Colombia edge past Costa Rica

    Colombia edge past Costa Rica

    Colombia squeezed past 10-man Costa Rica with a 1-0 victory in Group A of the Copa America in San Salvador de Jujuy. More

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    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • 90 Thanks for joining us here and we hope to see you back here tomorrow
    • 90 The referee brings the game to an end and Colombia deserve it as they dominated but you have to feel sorry for Costa Rica who battled hard without a full quota for much of the game.
    • 90+1 There will be two added minutes
    • 90' Costa Rica look a spent force now, they've done a lot of running since they lost a man and it is showing
    • 88' Armero makes a dangerous burst into the box but his cross is poor and cut out
    • 87' Rodallega tries to chase down a long ball but Acosta gets in the way and draws the foul
    • 86' Zuniga gets forward yet again but his cross is far too deep and goes out for a goal-kick
    • 85' The game is very flat now as it is all Colombia but they can't break down the Costa Ricans and aren't too bothered that they can't, Costa Rica can't offer anything in attack.
    • 83' Guarin gets his best effort of the game in as he keeps it low and hits it hard but Moreira makes a good save
    • 82' Cross from Ramos on the right almost finds Soto but it's well cleared
    • 81' Costa Rica continuing to keep Colombia at bay as their defenders remain organised and disciplined
    • 80' Costa Rica just remind Colombia that they're there as Elizondo finds Salvatierra in the box but he is closed out and the ball is cleared
    • 79' Star man Falcao is replaced by Elkin Soto for Colombia
    • 78' Ramos produces some brillliant skill inside the box as he does a couple of kick-ups but his final shot is wide
    • 77' Elizondo moves in from the left wing to strike a right-footed effort at goal but it's well over
    • 76' Armero penalised for a foul throw on the left flank
    • 75' Cubero replaces Guzman for Costa Rica
    • 74' Gutierrez finds Rodallega again down the right, this time the Wigan man hits a vollied effort that's well saved
    • 73' Guarin breaks and plays in Rodallega out wide, he gets a cross in but it's well dealt with by Salvatierra
    • 72' Martinez replaces Madrigal for Costa Rica, Madrigal has been lively and it's a surprising change really
    • 70' Gutierrez come on for Colombia replacing Moreno
    • 69' Falcao hits a shot from long-range but it's poor and well wide
    • 68' Colombia dominating possession and look comfortable, they shouldn't relax too much though at 1-0
    • 66' Perea shows great pace to cut out Leal on the left wing and then moves the ball on to a team mate, excellent defending
    • 65' The kick is too much of an out-swinger and it almost clears itself
    • 64' Costa Rica win a corner thanks to the persistance of Salvatierra
    • 62' Guarin with the effort and it's well wide again, he has been woeful shooting at goal today
    • 61' Moreno brought down by Guzman twenty yards out and this is a good chance for Colombia
    • 60' Zuniga shows great persistance to get to teh byeline but his low cross is cut out
    • 59' Guzman swings it round the outside of the wall and clips the outside of the post
    • 58' Yepes trips Elizondo on the edge of the area and it's a free-kick in a dangerous area
    • 57' Guarin does well to win a corner and takes it himself, finding Falcao who crashes a header against the bar. He was unmarked and should have scored really.
    • 56' Guarin again hits it from range and again it flies a long way over and his team mates will be becoming very frustrated with his wastefulness
    • 55' Another yellow card, this time for Zuniga who trips Madrigal as he burst down the left wing at pace
    • 54' Rodallega hist a brilliant drive from outside the area and it was arrowing into the bottom corner but was well saved by Moreira
    • 53' Yellow card for Guarin, seems harsh as Guzman just stepped across hiim and went to ground very easily
    • 52' Another Zuniga cross is, this time, met by Moreno but his header is straight at Moreira
    • 51' Zuniga wins a free-kick thanks to a clumsy challenge from Salvatierra
    • 50' Guzman puts in a poor delivery and it's easily cleared
    • 49' Madrigal makes an opening for himself in the box, but Perea snuffs out the danger and it goes for a corner
    • 48' Zuniga on the ball again and puts in a good cross this time which is acrobatically met by Falcao but his ambitious header goes wide
    • 47' Zuniga shows some real pace on the right flank put plays a poor ball that is easily cut out
    • 46' Half-time cahnge for Costa Rica as Cesar Elizondo comes on to replace Joel Campbell
    • 45' Colombia get the second-half underway
    • 45 That's the last action of the half and Colombia go in at the break one goal to the good.
    • 45' GOAL FOR COLOMBIA!!! It's Adrian Ramos who breaks the deadlock. Guarin picked out the brilliantly timed diagonal run from Ramos from right to left, the forward touched the ball round the keeper and finished emphatically
    • 44' Costa Rica again get in a good position this time with Guzman but again the final pass is poor and it's a goal-kick
    • 43' Falcao and Zuniga link up wonderfully on the edge of the area but the latter's shot it blocked, it eventually breaks for moreno but his volley flies over the bar.
    • 42' Route one from Costa Rica has Colombia in trouble as Campbell chases a Moreira clearance but Martinez is out quickly to head it away
    • 41' Ramos fires in an effort from an extremely tight angle and Moreira makes a good save
    • 40' Guarin lets fly again from a long way out, unfortunately it's equally as far wide
    • 39' Costa Rica still showing some ambition as Campbell tries to thread in Madrigal but it's just slightly too strong for him
    • 38' Ramos gets on the end of a Moreno cross, but he can't get enough power on his header
    • 37' Guarin chips a ball into Falcao and it created confusion between Moreira and Duarte in the six-yard box, but eventually the goalkeeper claimed it
    • 36' Mora breaks forward at great pace and tries to slide in Campbell on the right of the box but overplays his pass
    • 35' Abel Aguilar is replaced by Hugo Rodallega as Colombia look to go for the kill against the ten men
    • 35' Another good cross from Campbell as he puts the corner in but martinez just about deals with it
    • 34' Campbell puts in a good ball and Calvo nearly got his head to it, but it's cleared for a corner
    • 34' Zuniga tracks back but concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position for a push on Madrigal
    • 33' Guarin rifles in an effort from thirty yards but it was equally poor and unthreatening
    • 32' Joel Campbell tries a long-range drive but it's a long, long way wide
    • 31' Guarin gives away a free-kick as he battles with Madrigal in the Costa Rican half
    • 30' Patient build-up from Colombia as they look to wear down their opposition
    • 29' Costa Rica's task has now been made incredibly difficult, Perea returns to the pitch and is fine.
    • 28' Randall Brenes goes in strongly and late on Perea and it did look incredibly painful as the full force of his studs hit the side of Perea's shin, a deserved red card for Brenes
    • 27' Moreno gets a cross in from the left and Falcao gets a header in but it's tame
    • 26' The free kick leads to nothing for the Colombians
    • 25' Another yellow card, this time for Francisco Calvo as Falcao just pinches the ball away from him and the defender cam in late
    • 24' Zuniga looks a danger down the right although her fails to get his cross in there thanks to a good block
    • 23' Colombia have lost their early momentum and their passing is going astray, Bolivar the latest to float it straight out of play
    • 22' Campbell and then Mora very nearly get their heads to the ball in, but Colombia just about make the clearance
    • 21' Yellow card for Guzman for taking the free-kick too quickly, bizarre refereeing.
    • 20' Guzmen taken down by Aguilar about thirty-five yards out, free-kick
    • 19' David Guzman gets forward for Costa Rica and reaches the byeline, but can't quite keep the ball in play
    • 18' Guarin lines up a shot but changes his mind at the last moment, he is a bit too clever though as he loses control and is dispossessed
    • 17' Guarin looks for Falcao in the penalty box but it's well cleared by Salvatierra
    • 16' Early yellow card for Madrigal as he scythes down Zuniga on the right wing when the Colombian had skipped past him
    • 15' The corner isn't a good one and is comfortably cleared
    • 15' Ramos shows some great pace to break down the left, he cuts inside onto his right as he enters the area and hits a shot which Moreira does well to tip round the post
    • 14' The resulting corner produces a headered effort from Ramos but it's well wide
    • 13' Guarin hits a volley from a Falcao knock-down and it's a really good save from Moreira
    • 13' Yepes hits a volley from the corner but it lacks power and it is blocked and cleared
    • 12' Duarte misses his header for Costa Rica and Falcao is very nearly in on goal, Leal gets across to clear for a corner though
    • 11' Falcao tries to get onto a through ball in the inside right channel, but it's too long for the Porto man
    • 10' The cross is far too close to Martinez who claims it easily
    • 10' Mora wins a free-kick on the right-flank for Costa Rica against Ramos and the underdogs look to have some real pace down the wings
    • 9' Adrian Ramos gets the first shot on goal in, but it's a wayward one from range that doesn't trouble Moreira
    • 8' Madrigal breaks well down the left and gets a cross in towards Brenes but he can't quite control the driven cross and Colombia clear
    • 7' Joel Campbell throws himself to the ground with Yepes closing him down, it was a blatant dive and he should really have been booked
    • 6' Moreno with a very poor pass for Colombia which sails out of play on the right
    • 5' A steady pace to the start of the game as both teams are sizing each other up in the opening exchanges
    • 2' Good early possession for the Costa Ricans, but it's all in their own half for now
    • 1' Csota Rica get the game underway in San Salvador de Jujuy after a moments silence to remember Dennis Marshall
    • 19.26 Colombia have played 101 games in the Copa America, winning 38, drawing 18 and losing 45. The Costa Ricans are much less experienced as they have to be invited into the tournament, they have only played 11 matches, winning three, drawing two and losing six.
    • 19.25 If either team can produce a victory here then they will rocket to the top of Group A following Argentina's surprise draw with Bolivia last night in La Plata
    • 19.22 Costa Rica and Colombia have faced off nine times with Colombia winning seven and the Central Americans claiming two, there has never been a draw.
    • 19.20 Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the Copa America Group A clash between Colombia and Costa Rica
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  • Colombia

    Manager: Hernán Darío Gómez

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    Manager: Ricardo Lavolpe

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