Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a tense Copa America match on Wednesday that showed three extraordinary goals.
Colombia opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Juan Cuadrado cross from the right and found Luis Diaz all alone in the middle of the penalty area of Brazil. The striker shot powerfully with a volley to the right side of goalkeeper Weverton and scored possibly the best goal of the tournament.
Colombia then began defending against a Brazilian team that barely stopped bypassing its penalty area. It looks like Colombia will be able to hold out until Argentine referee Nestor Pitana enters the game.
Pitana accidentally blocked Neymar’s pass about 10 meters in front of the Colombia zone in the 78th minute. The Colombian defenders stopped for a moment, but Brazil’s substitute Lucas Paqueta simply moved the ball to left-back Renan Lodi and his cross was found by Roberto Firmino, whose corner kick beat Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
Initially, the Colombians refused to restart the match, but Pitana, the referee of the final of the 2018 World Cup, confirmed the goal of Brazil.
Brazil continued to put pressure in the last minutes and found their reward in added time. Neymar took a corner and Kazemiro scored the winner.
“They attacked us once and then stopped,” Casemiro said after the match. “It was our attack on their defense. Colombia is a strong team, but, as the coach requires, we are very strong mentally. “
Earlier on Tuesday, Ecuador and Peru drew 2-2 at the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania. The Ecuadorians opened the scoring with an own goal by Renato Tapia in the 23rd minute and got their second through Ayrton Preciado in time to stop the first half.
Peru drew a level in the second half with goals from Gianluca Lapadula in the 49th and Andre Carrillo in the 54th. Both teams kept their chances to advance in the knockout.
Brazil leads the group with nine points after three games. Colombia has four of four games. Peru also has four points, followed by Ecuador (3) and Venezuela (2). The four best teams advance to the playoffs.
Brazil will play its last match of the group stage on Sunday against Ecuador.