Colombia upsets Brazil 1-0 in Copa America 2015…
by Shea Baldwin
Wednesday’s match at Santiago de Chile showcased two monstrous nations, both seeking for bragging rights and the advantage in Group C. There was tension in the air leading into the match-up, police were forced to breakup and disperse fans from an area outside the stadium. Copa America kept its tradition of being a crazy competition with unpredictable results with Colombia defeating Brazil.
Neymar and Brazilian fans still have a bad taste in their mouth from the 2014 World Cup when Neymar hurt his back during Brazil’s quarter-final win against Colombia. Neymar obviously showed a little bitterness and Brazil’s national team is still trying to recover from the embarrassing loss against Germany in the World Cup finals. The Colombian fans outnumbered their Braziliancounterparts quite considerably, there was question if Chelsea-bound Radamel Falcao could rediscover his scoring ability.
Brazil XI: Jefferson, Dani Alves, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis, Willian, Fernandinho, Elias, Fred, Neymar, Firmino.
Colombia XI: Ospina, Zapata, Armero, Murillo, Zuniga, Sanchez, Valencia, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Falcao, Gutierrez.
Brazil seems to have lost their flair early on as Colombia looked strong and impressive. Neymar tried to create as many opportunities and advantages as he could, but Brazil sat back while Sanchez, Rodriguez and Cuadrado roamed around in the midfield. The game became very physical early on, Neymar being one of the Brazilians catching the most of the hard-tackling.
Colombia’s persistence paid off in the 36′, when Jeison Murillo scored on Juan Cuadrado’s free kick delivery. Frustration begins to grow after the Colombian goal, Neymar is cautioned with a yellow card in the 44′ for allegedly using his hand to try and score an equalizer. The Colombian goalkeeper managed to keep out the Barcelona man’s effort, which increased the tension between the clubs even more.
Brazil looked more positive during the second half, Neymar, who has scored 44 goals in 64 games for his country, continued to have an influence on the game. At the 55′ mark, Manchester United’s Roberto Firmino had a golden opportunity to cancel out Murillo’s opener, but he manages to send the ball over the crossbar when it looked almost impossible to miss.
At the 78′ mark, Firmino squandered another chance when he attempted to nod the ball home at the near post, but he directs the shot into the wrong way. The game becomes chippy in the end when Neymar and Bacca are sent off after the final whistle following an altercation. Neymar appeared to headbutt Murillo, which prompted Bacca to shove the Barcelona man.
Colombia beat the odds to claim an impressive victory against Brazil, a deserving one at that. Colombia celebrates as they take the advantage in their group. The action continues tomorrow for Copa America 2015 when Peru and Venezuela face-off at Valparaíso.
Photo: Associated Press, Getty Images, Reuters.