Coin toss for Colombia-Paraguay match lands on its edge in Copa America

DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL
Published 08.06.2016 19:07
Updated 08.06.2016 19:25

A one in a million coincidence happened during the Colombia – Paraguay match on Tuesday night as the coin toss carried out to determine which team will start the match landed on its edge.

James Rodriguez scored a goal and set up another in the first 30 minutes, and Colombia clinched a berth in the next round with a 2-1 victory over Paraguay on Tuesday night.

Colombia became the first team to secure advancement to the knockout stage of the tournament with stellar goaltending from David Ospina and another dynamic performance from Rodriguez, who shook off a shoulder problem that made his availability a game-time decision at the Rose Bowl.

The Real Madrid midfielder propelled Colombia to its second win in two matches, following the 2-0 victory over the United States last week in which Rodriguez was injured.

"With (Rodriguez) being such a great star with so much transcendence and desire, we had to be very prudent, but we never wrote him off," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said through a translator. "Not until this morning did we realize he was well and he could play. We're lucky he recuperated quite well."

Victor Ayala scored Paraguay's first goal of the Copa America in the 71st minute on a long shot past Ospina, who still made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to keep Los Cafeteros in control.

Despite a few defensive struggles, the world's third-ranked team has lived up to its billing so far stateside with a fluid, attacking game built around Rodriguez.

After Carlos Bacca scored on a header from Rodriguez's corner kick in the 12th minute, Rodriguez found the net with an exceptional shot after a long scramble in the box in the 30th minute.

Paraguay was much better in the second half, but Ospina stopped everything except Ayala's exceptional long strike.

"We got the result we wanted, and that always gives us great confidence in what we're doing," Pekerman said. "It's clear to me that we had a great first half, and Paraguay had a great second half. We had to up our game. Paraguay made us quite uncomfortable."

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