Costa Rica stuns Colombia, hands USMNT the group title at Copa America
It’s one of the more surprising results of the Copa America Centenario, and it totally benefits the United States.
Already-eliminated Costa Rica beat a Colombia side with plenty to play for, giving the United States the Group A title after a 3-2 result in Houston.
Colombia will face the winner of Group B, which could be Brazil, Peru or Ecuador.
Costa Rica came out firing, with Johan Venegas scoring a gorgeous goal in the second minute. His 22-yard curler made it 1-0, but Colombia equalized through Frank Fabra minutes later.
The 34th minute saw Fabra deposit a cross in his own goal, though, and Los Ticos went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.Then, this.
Celso Borges gives Costa Rica a 2-goal cushion. If they hold on, #USMNT win Group A. #COLvCRC #MyCopaColors https://t.co/5thknYoJQ5
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 12, 2016
Marlos Moreno drew Colombia back to within a goal in the 72nd minute, setting the stage for a tense quarter-hour.
James Rodriguez stood over a free kick from the outside left of the box, but hit a laser into the wall. Colombia had less than 10 minutes to find an equalizer.