Colombia scores late to edge Qatar 1-0 in Copa America

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 20, 2019 08:21 AM
Colombia scores late to edge Qatar 1-0 in Copa America
Colombia's Duvan Zapata, left, celebrates after scoring against Qatar with teammate Mateus Uribe during a Copa America Group B soccer match at the Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Duvan Zapata scored with an 86th-minute header off a perfect cross by James Rodriguez to give Colombia a 1-0 win over guest Qatar and a spot in the knockout stage of the Copa America on Wednesday.

After squandering many scoring opportunities and being held by a great performance by Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, Colombia broke through when Rodriguez found Zapata making a run behind Qatar defenders inside the area. He headed the ball over Sheeb, finding the far corner.

Colombia had a goal disallowed for offside a few minutes into the match, and early in the second half it had a penalty kick reversed by video review.

Colombia reached six points from two matches in Group B, while Qatar stayed with one point. Paraguay, which plays its second match against Argentina later Thursday in Belo Horizonte, also has one point, one more than Argentina.

The Colombians were coming off an impressive win over Argentina in the opener, while Qatar drew with Paraguay after trailing by two goals.

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