Colombia tops U.S. for third place at Copa

Action from the Copa America Centenario third-place match between the host USA and Colombia (white jersey) in Glendale, Arizona, on June 25, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport) 

GLENDALE, Arizona – Carlos Bacca scored the only goal as Colombia defeated the United States, 1-0, in the Copa America Centenario third-place match on Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

It was the Colombians’ second win over the host in the 100th anniversary edition of the South American championship, adding to 2-0 triumph in the tournament opener on June 3.

The goal came as a result of a patient, powerful and precise build-up in the 31st minute. From the right wing, Juan Cuadrado sent a pass to James Rodriguez, who was positioned just outside the box. The Real Madrid star chipped the ball towards the right edge of the six-yard box, where Santiago Arias headed it across the goal for a sliding Bacca to touch it across the line.

Clint Dempsey had a chance to level in the 51st minute, but his free kick from nearly 30-yards out was saved by flailing goalkeeper David Ospina.

The Americans kept pouring on the pressure, coming close in the 62nd minute, only for Bobby Wood’s effort to crash off the right post.

Both sides ended the game with 10 players as the USA’s Michael Orozco and Arias were sent off in stoppage time.