Colombia 1-0 Uruguay (July 10, 2024) Match Analysis

James Rodríguez provided his sixth assist of the tournament on Wednesday as 10-man Colombia defeated Uruguay 1-0 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to advance to the Copa América final against Argentina. However, the evening erupted into chaos as players clashed with fans.

Argentina defeated Canada 2-0 in the first semi-final on Tuesday to secure a place in Sunday’s final in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Colombia’s victory on Wednesday extended their unbeaten run to a record 28 games, which began with a defeat to Argentina in February 2022.

In a tense match that saw seven yellow cards and one red card, players from both teams pushed and shoved in a scrum on the pitch at the final whistle. Darwin Núñez and about a dozen Uruguayan teammates then took to the stands as fans fought. A video showed Núñez punching a fan wearing Colombian team colours.

Jefferson Lerma scored the only goal in front of a fanatical and predominantly pro-Colombian crowd of 70,644 at Bank of America Stadium when he headed in a deep corner kick from James in the 39th minute.

James is the first South American player with six assists at a single major tournament since Pelé for Brazil at the 1970 World Cup.

James Rodríguez was once again the inspiration for Colombia during their semi-final victory against Uruguay.

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Colombia’s task of maintaining their lead was complicated when defender Daniel Muñoz was sent off in first-half injury time after receiving a second yellow card for elbowing Uruguay’s Manuel Ugarte. Muñoz was shown his first yellow card by Mexican referee César Ramos in the 31st minute for a reckless sliding tackle on Maximiliano Araújo.

Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez failed to convert several chances in the first half, and Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas did not have to make his first save until he stopped an effort from Nicolás de la Cruz in the 68th minute.

Substitute Luis Suárez, Uruguay’s best with 68 goals, struck the outside of the post in the 71st minute as Uruguay struggled to find a breakthrough against 10-men.

Colombia’s Mateus Uribe, also a second-half substitute, fired wide in the 88th minute and Uribe’s shot in the fourth minute of injury time deflected off the body of sliding goalkeeper Sergio Rochet and onto the crossbar.

But one goal proved to be enough for Colombia to reach their third Copa América final and their first since winning their only title as hosts in 2001.

After the match, video footage showed Uruguayan players entering the stands to throw punches at Colombian fans as police tried to separate the two sides.

Uruguay captain José Maria Gimenez said the players were trying to defend their families.

“Let me say something before they interrupt you, because they don’t let us talk on the microphone, they don’t want me to say anything about what’s happening, but this is a disaster,” Gimenez said in the official broadcast. “Please be careful, our families are in the stands, there are little newborn babies. It was a disaster; there were no police and we had to defend our families.

Argentina is aiming for a record 16 Copa América titles and wants to join Spain in becoming the only country to win three major titles in a row.

Wednesday’s match was played at a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius on a surface that had been converted from artificial turf to grass in the weeks leading up to the match.

On Saturday, Uruguay will play the play-off match for third place against Canada.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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