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Colombia wins wild one with Paraguay, qualifies for Copa America quarterfinals

Colombia v Paraguay: Group A - Copa America Centenario

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 07: James Rodriguez #10 of Colombia reacts to scoring a goal during the first half of a 2016 Copa America Centenario Group A match between Columbia and Paraguay at Rose Bowl on June 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) James Rodriguez scored a goal and set up another in the first 30 minutes, and Colombia clinched a berth in the Copa America quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Paraguay on Tuesday night.

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Colombia became the first team to secure advancement to the knockout stage of the tournament with stellar goaltending from David Ospina and another dynamic performance from Rodriguez, who shook off a shoulder injury that made his availability a game-time decision at the Rose Bowl.

The Real Madrid midfielder propelled Colombia to its second win in two matches, following a 2-0 victory over the United States last week.

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Victor Ayala scored Paraguay’s first goal of the Copa America in the 71st minute on a long shot past Ospina (the goal of the tournament?), who made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to keep Colombia ahead.