Glendale, Arizona played host to the CopaAmerica Centenario Third Place match, which saw a replay from the first round of the group stage between Colombia and USA.
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona
The game played out fairly even for the first 30 minutes, both sides maintaining periods of possession, and playing very physically. However, the quickness, and skill of the Colombian side could only be held at bay for so long, and in the 31st minute a bit of cheeky luck from JamesRodriguez of RealMadrid set up the first and only goal of the match. Watch his skillfull flick allow Arias to get in behind the US defense, leaving him alone with goalkeeper Tim Howard--
Carlos Bacca touches home the game winner in the 31st minute
Things got a bit testy in stoppage time after Arias of Colombia was given a yellow card for a hard challenge on Orozco. The two exchanged words and Arias seemed to headbutt Orozco, things only got worse as you can see below. Eventually both players were shown redcards and had to make the walkofshame on one of the biggest stages--
USMNT legend TimHoward the SecretaryofDefense made his 109th appearance for his country tonight, marking what could be his final match for the US team. Brad Guzan of AstonVilla started all previous matches in the Copa and seems to be the choice for the future.
Howard of course made several big saves keeping the his side in the match, as he has done over his entire career. Perhaps the best goalkeeper the US has ever produced, Tim Howard now plays for the ColoradoRapids, after a lengthy career in the PremierLeague for ManchesterUnited and Everton.
Check out some of Howards most heroic saves--
Another USSoccer legend ClintDempsey saw his brilliant freekick effort saved in the 51st minute by Arsenal and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina. Watch Clint bend this ball into the top corner from 30 yards out, and the magnificent save by Ospina, which no doubt secured his side a victory. Many are already calling this the BestSaveofCopa
Colombia went on to play nearly perfect in the back, keeping the US from drawing the game level and proving they can do more than just play attacking football. The 1-0 win is their 4th in a row over the US, and a third place finish not bad considering Argentina and Chile are squaring off for the final, two of the best teams in the world right now.
See Colombia celebrate their victory below--