Colombia narrowly escaped a draw with Qatar to secure top spot on the Group B Table after securing three points from her first match with Argentina, at the on-going Copa America Tournament. The game saw both sides put in their best, which almost ended in a goalless draw but Qatar’s best was not enough to put them over.
Colombia came close to scoring when Yerry Minna’s sixth-minute header was ruled out for offside against Roger Martinez. Despite their 68% ball possession, they struggled to break through Qatar’s defense who gave them hard tackles.
Both teams struggled for supremacy and at about five minutes to the end of the game, Duvan Zapata, securing his second goal in two games in the tournament, headed home a floated cross from Bayern Munich’s playmaker and man-of-the-match James Rodriguez, to break through Qatar’s strong defense, giving them a 1 – 0 win.
The end to end encounter took place at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium on Wednesday, June 19, on a chilly night with a poor crowd of just over 22,000 in attendance.
The win took them top of the group with 6 points and a goal difference of 3 ahead of Argentina who drew 1-1 with Paraguay in their second group match, Paraguay is in second position with 2 points, Qatar and Argentina are with 1 point respectively with Argentina at the bottom of the table.
The final games in the group will be played on Sunday as Colombia face Paraguay and Qatar play Argentina.