Liga MX in the Copa América: Colombia, Game 3

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

colombia flagColombia – Group C

Neither of Colombia’s Liga MX players started this match, but Monterrey’s Alexander Mejía came on as a sub in just the 24th minute. Los Cafeteros had to settle for a 0-0 draw this afternoon against Peru, which leaves them waiting on other results to see if they can advance to the quarterfinals from a very tight Group C.

The defenses were the stars of the game in this one, although Colombia did have some threatening attacks in the opening half. Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese came up big when he needed to, with Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez, and Jackson Martínez all wasting opportunities to give Colombia the lead.

After the early storm, Peru had a chance or two of their own, with Paolo Guerrero sending the ball wide after a nice pass from Claudio Pizarro. In the second half, it was Joel Sánchez’s turn to waste chances, with one going wide and one being stopped by Colombian keeper David Ospina.

Colombia will now hope that there is a winner in the Brazil/Venezuela game, as Los Cafeteros would then advance as a third-place team. A draw there would leave all four teams on 4 points and the convoluted tiebreakers are not in Colombia’s favor.

Monterrey’s Edwin Cardona did not play in this game.

Group C Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Peru 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Colombia 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Brazil 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Venezuela 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3

Next game: TBD

Update: Brazil beat Venezuela, allowing Colombia to advance in 3rd place. They will face Argentina in the quarterfinals on June 26th.

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