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No comeback for Colombia

Monday 2 July 2007 Venezuela
Argentina 4-2 Colombia

After a heavy defeat in their first match Colombia came close to achieving a result against favourites Argentina but ended up losing 4-2 with a goal in stoppage time.
Crespo almost opened the scoring for Argentina when his header came off the underside of the crossbar in the 7th minute, but Argentina went behind 3 minutes later when Perea helped in a shot after a well worked free-kick. Ten minutes later a collition in the box resulted in a penalty for Argentina which Crespo scored emphatically, injuring himself in the process. Riquelme squeezed the ball past the keeper with a header in the 34th minute and added to his tally with a well placed free-kick on the stroke of half time to give Argentina breathing space in the second half. Castrillon got above the Argentinian defence to meet a corner-kick and give Colombia hope with a firm header in the 73rd minute, and Javier Arizala came close to equalizing for Colombia in the 85th minute beating the keeper with a clever lob but saw his effort bounce off the crossbar. Shortly after Vargas was shown a straight red for a challenge from behind in injury time, a shot from Milito was deflected over the Colombian keeper to seal the win for Argentina.

diego milito
Diego Milito seals victory for Argentina

Paraguay ease past USA

Monday 2 July 2007 Venezuela
Paraguay 3-1 USA

Paraguay qualified for the next round with a 3-1 win over an American team that created but missed plenty of chances.
Bareto slid in to beat Kasey Keller to a clever pass from Santana in the 29th minute and put Paraguay one up. Clark stroked the ball home from just outside the area in the 40th minute to level the score. Cardozo took advantage of some slack American defending and swept the ball past Keller in the 56th minute. Santa Cruz whipped in a low shot across the goal in the 67th minute which Keller got his fingertips to, and at the other end in the 75th minute Olson ran into the box and lifted the ball over the keeper but saw his ball come off the crossbar. Clark tested substitute keeper Bobadilla with a beautiful shot in the 83rd minute. The keeper also kept out 2 American headers before super sub Cabanas beat Keller with an injury time free-kick to secure victory for Paraguay.

paraguay celebrate
Parguay get upper hand against USA

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