URuguay’s Copa hopes dashed in intense semi as 10-men Colombia claim last-gasp win in cauldron of controversy!

Colombia Stun Uruguay in Copa América Semifinal, Advance to First Final in 20 Years

In a game that will be remembered for its tension and drama, Colombia edged Uruguay 1-0 in a Copa América semifinal that was marked by six yellow cards, a red card, and post-game violence both on and off the field.

The match was played in Charlotte, but it felt like a home game for Colombia, with a sea of yellow-clad fans packing the stands. The team responded to its passionate supporters by taking the lead in the 38th minute. James Rodríguez’s corner kick found Jefferson Lerma, who leapt high to head the ball into the net, just the second goal conceded by Uruguay in the tournament.

Colombia’s defense, meanwhile, stifled a Uruguay offense that had been in top form until that point. Uruguay’s four shots on goal in the first half were fewer than expected, and the team struggled to create scoring opportunities.

Just as Colombia seemed to be cruising towards victory, drama unfolded late in the second half. Colombia’s Daniel Muñoz picked up a red card after reacting to a challenge from Uruguay’s Manuel Ugarte with an elbow to the chest. With a man advantage, Uruguay launched a flurry of attacks, but Colombia’s defense held firm to secure a stunning upset.

The win sends Colombia to its first Copa América final since 2001, where it will face Argentina on Sunday night in Miami. Argentina, which has been almost unbeatable in the tournament, is looking to lift its first Copa América title since 1993.

The post-game celebration was marked by a brawl on the field, with players from both teams involved. The tension then spilled over into the stands, where Uruguayan players including Darwin Núñez were involved in altercations with Colombia fans.

Postgame Violence Erupts in Stands and on Field

According to Uruguayan player José Maria Gimenez, the chaos in the stands was sparked by a group of Colombia fans who surrounded the Uruguayan players and their families, leading to a melee that saw punches thrown and fans attempting to throw drinks at players. Gimenez called for changes to security and organization at future matches.

What’s Next?

Colombia will now look to continue its Cinderella run in the Copa América, taking on Argentina in the final. For Uruguay, it’s a chance to rebound and regroup for a third-place playoff match against Canada on Saturday.

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