Colombia beat Paraguay with two headers and James’ class

Colombia beat Paraguay with two headers and James’ class
Colombia beat Paraguay with two headers and James’ class

Debut with victory for Colombia in group D of the America Cup In Houston. They beat Paraguay 2-1 with goals from Daniel Muñoz and Jefferson Lerma, assisted by James Rodriguez.

Your mind goes another speed. Because she reads, interprets and solves before everyone. From a pause she took a cross to the far post. He noticed that Daniel Muñoz was there and there he sent the ball, precise, fair, for the side’s header at 32′. The first goal is his image and likeness, worthy of the number he wears on the shirt he captains.

James understood everything. With Paraguay limiting the development, he launched himself to the left, surrounded by Jhon Arias and supported by Richard Ríos, for the first time starting in official matches. That play cracked the rival defense, which was weak to clear in the air. Another 10 ball, this time from a free kick on the right, made it 2-0. The curve went to the area for Jefferson Lerma’s other header at 42′

Two of his touches gave the team control of the game, uncomfortable when the sides came out and with Lerma reprimanded after a quarter of an hour. Ríos gave push in the middle and launched long passes among the Paraguayan overcrowding in that area. He anticipated, tried the middle distance and justified his participation at the beginning.

Without Johan Mojica as an ally on the left, Luis Díaz had more wear and tear in front of his markers. They surrounded him and it was deep because of his individual technique. He made some wrong decisions because of his desire to score. He accelerated in the definition.

With the advantage, Colombia increased possession of the ball. He played on the foot, chained passes and when he made changes he received the discount due to a mistake by Davinson Sánchez covering Johan Mojica’s zone. He scored that score in his own field, abusing the fouls. Jhon Arias’ decline also affected the performance.

Again the captain resolved. He gave calm between the reaction and the strong reddish play. Another of his crosses ended in a penalty against Yerry Mina, ruled out by the VAR.

The tight finish was unnecessary. The National Team forgave and the physical friction of the Paraguayans complicated it. Without Lerma, he was more exposed.

Colombia will play again for the second date on Friday, June 28 against Costa Rica in Phoenix.

Colombia will play again for the second date on Friday, June 28 against Costa Rica in Phoenix.

 
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