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Colombia Beats Uruguay 1-0 in 2024 Copa America Semifinal Despite Losing Player to Red Card



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Colombia secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Uruguay in the 2024 Copa America semifinal despite being reduced to 10 men after defender Daniel Muñoz received a red card for an elbow incident.

Jefferson Lerma‘s header in the 39th minute, assisted by the influential James Rodriguez, proved to be the winning goal for Colombia in the intense encounter at Bank of America Stadium.

Uruguay, aiming to match Argentina’s record of 15 Copa America titles, faced a resilient Colombian side that displayed exceptional teamwork and determination throughout the match.

The key moment of the first half arrived just before halftime when Daniel Muñoz was shown a straight red card for elbowing Uruguayan player Manuel Ugarte, leaving Colombia with a man down for the remainder of the game.

James Rodriguez, a star playmaker for Colombia, continued his impressive form in the tournament, delivering his sixth assist with a precise corner kick that found Lerma’s head for the crucial goal.

Despite Colombia’s numerical disadvantage, the team showed remarkable resilience and defensive prowess to hold off Uruguay’s attacks and secure their place in the Copa America final.

Uruguay’s Darwin Núñez, a key attacking force, had several opportunities to score but was unable to find the back of the net against Colombia’s solid defense led by Sergio Rochet.

Luis Diaz, another standout performer for Colombia, provided creative sparks in the midfield and played a crucial role in setting up scoring chances for his team throughout the match.

With this victory, Colombia advances to the Copa America final where they will face either Argentina or Uruguay, setting up an exciting showdown at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The losing team, either Uruguay or Colombia, will compete for the third-place spot against Canada at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, adding further drama to the concluding stages of the tournament.

In another semifinal clash, Argentina emerged victorious against Canada, securing a 2-0 win with goals from Julián Álvarez and setting up a potential final showdown with either Colombia or Uruguay.

Overall, the 2024 Copa America semifinals have delivered thrilling moments and spectacular performances, showcasing the immense talent and competitive spirit of South American football teams.

Rachel Adams

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