Colombia thrashes Panama and reaches the Copa América semifinals

Colombia advanced to the semifinals of the 48th Copa América with a dominant 5-0 victory over Panama in Glendale, Arizona. James Rodríguez played a crucial role, assisting Jhon Córdoba and Luis Díaz for goals and scoring a penalty himself.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 02:50, 7 Jul 2024

Colombia qualified for the semifinals of the 48th Copa América on Saturday by thrashing Panama 5-0 in the third quarterfinal match in Glendale, Arizona.

This dominant performance showcased Colombia's attacking prowess and solidified their status as serious contenders for the title.

The Cafeteros settled the game in the first half, with James Rodríguez playing a pivotal role. He assisted Jhon Córdoba for the opening goal in the eighth minute, demonstrating his vision and playmaking ability. Rodríguez continued to influence the match by scoring a penalty in the 15th minute, giving Colombia a comfortable lead. Luis Díaz added to Panama's woes by scoring the third goal in the 41st minute, again assisted by Rodríguez, capping off a brilliant first half for Colombia.

In the second half, Colombia maintained their dominance. Richard Rios added the fourth goal in the 70th minute, further demoralizing the Panamanian side. Miguel Borja completed the rout with another penalty in the 90+4 minute, ensuring a comprehensive victory for Colombia.

In the semifinals, scheduled for Wednesday at 8:00 PM local time (1:00 AM), in Charlotte, Colombia, the 2001 champion, will face Uruguay. This matchup promises to be an exciting contest between two of South America's footballing giants. Uruguay, fresh off their victory over Brazil in a penalty shootout, will be looking to continue their quest for a 16th Copa América title, while Colombia aims to build on their impressive quarterfinal performance and secure a place in the final.

Updated: 02:50, 7 Jul 2024