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Colombia to play Panama in quarterfinals while Seleção face Uruguay

Santa Clara (US), July 3: Colombia coach Néstor Lorenzo challenged his team to stay sharp and energised through every physical and emotional moment against mighty Brazil, all the way through two scorching-hot halves of football and nearly another 10 minutes of stoppage time.
“This was a match that we all wanted to have our strong moments of play, and I think we have taken another step forward,” Lorenzo said. “With Brazil, you cannot be careless not even one second.”
Daniel Muñoz scored the tying goal in the first-half stoppage time, and Colombia won its first-round group at the Copa America with a 1-1 draw against Brazil on Tuesday night that extended its unbeaten streak to 26 games.
Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas saved Brazil’s final chance on a shot by Andreas Pereira in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time.
Colombia plays Panama in a quarterfinal on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona, while Brazil fell into what appears to be a more difficult game against Uruguay later that night at Las Vegas.
“It will be a difficult game against Uruguay, but they also know they will have a difficult game against Brazil,” Brazil coach Dorival Júnior said.
Los Cafeteros, who finished with seven points to Brazil’s five, had back-to-back scoring chances in the 84th minute but couldn’t capitalize.
Brazil went ahead in the 12th minute when Raphinha launched a left-footed free kick into the upper right corner of the net just above the outstretched hand of Vargas.
The Brazilian winger jumped and pumped his fist as the seasoned Seleção struck first at Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Players put on an entertaining show in the Group D finale, with Brazil’s Bruno Guimarães calling Colombia “a stone in our shoe” in the lead-up to Tuesday.
“There’s a sense of satisfaction after playing such a strong opponent,” Lorenzo said. “Now we need to think about Panama.”
What was expected to be a tense, foul-filled match more than lived up to that hype, featuring five yellow cards as a sea of jerseys of the same colour representing both countries packed the seats – once the fans finally got inside, that is. Earlier, some scanning equipment became very hot and slowed the entry process. (AP)

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