Colombia Advances to Copa America Semifinals with 5-0 Victory Over Panama

Jhon Córdoba, James Rodríguez, and Luis Díaz scored in the first half to lead Colombia to a 5-0 win over Panama in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday. Colombia, extending their unbeaten streak to 27 matches, started strong with Córdoba’s header in the eighth minute, set up by a corner from Rodríguez.

Rodríguez doubled the lead with a penalty kick after Panama’s goalie Orlando Mosquera fouled Jhon Arias. This marked Rodríguez’s 28th international goal. Coach Néstor Lorenzo praised Rodríguez’s performance, highlighting his excellence on the field.

Díaz made it 3-0 in the 41st minute, lobbing the ball over Mosquera after another assist from Rodríguez. Despite some opportunities, Panama couldn’t score, including a header that hit the post. Manager Thomas Christiansen acknowledged their mistakes against Colombia’s quality.

Richard Ríos scored Colombia’s fourth goal in the 70th minute with a long shot, and Miguel Borja completed the scoring with a penalty in stoppage time. Colombia had a slight possession advantage but dominated in quality. They will face Uruguay in the semifinals on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The match was played at State Farm Stadium, with most of the 39,740 fans supporting Colombia. Panama’s quarterfinal appearance followed an unexpected win over the United States during group play.

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