Copa America 2016: USA finish top in Group A, Colombia may face Brazil next


Despite losing the opening game against Colombia, the US finished ahead of them in Group A, following their 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday at Philadelphia.

In the other Group A match, Colombia suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Costa Rica, and might face Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Copa America results after Saturday’s games 

Group A: USA 1-0 Paraguay

Group A: Colombia 2-3 Costa Rica

Copa America table: Group A 

Here’s the latest Group A standings after Matchday 3. The US move into the top spot, while Colombia dropped to second. Costa Rica and Paraguay have been eliminated.


Copa America goals and highlights

Group A: USA vs Paraguay 

Group A: Colombia 2-3 Costa Rica 


Major talking points, betting tips 

Colombia – Costa Rica: A great game of football: Colombia had already progressed to the quarterfinals prior to the match. They just needed a point to finish their group as leaders. They were so confident that Los Cafeteros made 10 changes to their starting lineup. Costa Rica, on the other hand, were already eliminated. This match had all the bearings of being a dull and unexciting game, but instead, it turned out to be a cracker, where both teams played without fear. Again, both the teams had nothing to lose. The game was played at a high tempo, with plenty of chances being created by both teams. We saw some great individual skills and it had some wonderful goals, especially the strike from Costa Rica’s Celso Borges, that gave his side a 3-1 lead.

Colombia may face Brazil in the quarterfinals: The defeat makes their passage in the tournament more difficult as they are likely to face Brazil in New Jersey. Their loss is a massive gain for the US, who finished top of the group and are likely to face either Ecuador or Peru in their next match.

Yedlin’s absence is a huge loss for the US: DeAndre Yedlin, the US defender, picked up two yellow cards within a space of a minute and he will miss the quarterfinal clash. Yedlin’s absence would hurt the US badly, as he is not only a very good defender but equally brilliant going forward. His overlapping runs would have proved key to unlocking the opposition defence; without him, the US starting XI won’t be stronger.

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