Brutal match and drama for Brazil in Copa America

Brazil are going home. The Canarinhos lost 2-4 to Uruguay on penalties, and Marcelo Bielsa’s team advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa America. Colombia, on the other hand, crushed Panama.

It was supposed to be a hit, but it turned out to be a bit of a disaster, although nobody in Uruguay is complaining. We didn’t see a single goal in Las Vegas for 90 minutes, but there were a lot of fouls, dirty and sometimes brutal play.

Uruguay suffered in the end, because in the 74th minute Nahitan Nandez was shown a red card for a brutal, downright brutal foul on Rodrygo. Initially, the referee showed the Uruguayan only a yellow card, but after video review he changed his decision.

There was little finesse. In the end, Uruguay basically just defended and did everything they could to somehow survive to penalties (in the Copa America, there is no extra time in the event of a draw after 90 minutes). It worked, because playing without Vinicius Junior, who was suspended for cards, they were unable to use their numerical advantage, and the penalty kicks were better taken by Marcelo Bielsa’s team.

Earlier, Colombia had crushed Panama, although the score may be a bit misleading. Panama had been playing quite a good match, but they came up against an incredibly well-disposed and painfully effective opponent. The highlight was the goal for 3-0, when James Rodriguez made a phenomenal pass to Luis Diaz, who lobbed the goalkeeper. After the break, the Colombians added two more goals and ultimately advanced to the semi-finals in a very spectacular style. Interestingly, they only needed five shots on target to do so.

With that, we now know all the semi-finalists of the Copa America. Argentina will play Canada, and Uruguay will play Colombia.

Colombia  – Panama  5:0 (3:0) 1:0 Jhon Cordoba 8′ 2:0 James Rodriguez (f.) 15′ 3:0 Luis Diaz 41′ 4:0 Richard Rios 70′ 5:0 Miguel Borja (f.) 90+4′