Colombia 2, Costa Rica 3 | Copa America Centenario Recap
Despite knowing they were eliminated from further competition, Costa Rica showed up with an impressive 3-2 win over a rotated Colombia squad. The loss means Colombia finish second in Group A, with the United States moving ahead on goal differential.
Los Ticos opened up the scoring with a goal on their first opportunity. Celso Borges punted the ball from the Costa Rica half forward to Montreal Impact midfielder Johan Venegas. The Ticos' lone forward took his first touch and then halfway through a turn away from goal launched a perfect ball to the far corner that Robinson Zapata was powerless to stop.
It didn't take long for Colombia to level, as only four minutes later Frank Fabra did it all himself to score. Yet Fabra was also responsible for Costa Rica going back in front, sliding in to accidentally knock a hopeful cross into his own net.
Costa Rica grabbed their third goal in the second half on a well worked team goal, and though Los Cafeteros pulled one back, they were unable to pull on top.
- 2' - CRC - Johan Venegas (Celso Borges)
- 6' - COL - Frank Fabra
- 34' - CRC - Frank Fabra (OG)
- 58' - CRC - Celso Borges (Bryan Oviedo)
- 73' - COL - Marlos Moreno (Juan Cuadrado)
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- AIN'T NO REST FOR THE WICKED: With advancement to the next round locked up, Colombia made the calculated move to rest starters. It's a script we've seen before.
How many times have you seen teams like Colombia not play their starters in last group game & pay for it? Flashbacks to ARG-USA in Copa '95.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 12, 2016
- ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER: Frank Fabra made some unfortunate history tonight: According to Opta, he's the first player in Copa America history to score a goal and give up an own-goal in the same game.
- CAN'T FORGET ABOUT JAMES: It's impossible to overstate the importance of James Rodriguez for Colombia. He came in at halftime and took four shots and dished out four key passes, accounting for 8 of Colombia's 14 total shots.
- COL: Opponent TBD (B1) on Friday, June 17 (8 pm ET | FS1)
- CRC: ELIMINATED from Copa America