Colombia took third place in the Copa America by snatching victory (3-2) in stoppage time against Peru last night.
Colombia won the Copa America third-place game by beating Peru 3-2, thanks to a brace from Luis Diaz, who gave his side the victory in stoppage time on Friday in Brasilia.
Yotun had yet opened the scoring for the Peruvians just before the break, following a magnificent collective action. Cuadrado equalized early in the second half, before giving an assist for Luis Diaz’s opening goal of two goals.
Unhappy finalists of the last edition against Brazil, Peru rebelled ten minutes from time, with a goal from Lapadula, but Diaz spared the Colombians a hazardous shootout by scoring at the very end of the match. match with a superb curling shot, after a one-two with Muriel.
With this double, Diaz, a 24-year-old winger who plays for FC Porto, rose to the top of the Copa America scorers’ standings, with four goals, tied with Argentina’s Lionel Messi. The grand final between Brazil and Argentina will take place on Saturday evening (2 a.m. in France, overnight from Saturday to Sunday) at the legendary Maracana stadium.
Messi-Neymar in the final, in the firmament of South American football
This galactic confrontation between the two big favorites of the tournament, which will be played exceptionally with the public – limited to 10% of the capacity of the enclosure – is the opportunity for Neymar and Messi to finally win a first major title in the selection, decisive asset to win the Ballon d’Or, the race of which remains very open this year.
For Messi (34), the tournament’s top scorer and passer with 4 goals and 5 assists, this final is one of the last opportunities to win a title with Argentina. Neymar (29), often overtaken by injuries, always tries to forget the affront of 2014, when Brazil had suffered, at home, the greatest humiliation in its history (7-1) in the semi-final against the ‘Germany, in the absence of his prodigy touched on the back.
Both nevertheless have an Olympic gold medal on their list, won in 2008 for the Argentinian and in 2016 for the Brazilian, who also won the Confederations Cup in 2013.