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Falcao fires Colombians through to Copa last eight

By The Assam Tribune
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SANTA FE, July 11 (Agencies): Colombia marched into the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Sunday, becoming the first team to book their passage, after a 2-0 win over Bolivia wrapped up top spot in Group A.

Porto hitman Radamel Falcao put the contest to bed in the first half hour with a crisp opener on 14 minutes and a penalty after 26 minutes as the Colombians hit the ground running.

The cafeteros had already seen off Costa Rica and had the better of a draw with hosts Argentina and completed an impressive first phase showing against a Bolivian side who started well enough in holding the Argentinians before flunking their Costa Rican test.

After Falcao�s rip-roaring opening, Adrian Ramos, Freddy Guarin and Dayro Moreno all went close for the Colombians as they threatened to overwhelm their rivals before they took their foot off the accelerator after the break.

After Falcao sent his spotkick hard and low past Bolivian keeper Carlos Arias � who had saved a penalty in the previous game against the Costa Ricans � the Colombians celebrated by holding aloft a shirt belonging to David Ospina, their usual first choice keeper.

Ospina, who plays for French side Nice, missed the event after fracturing his nose in a training ground collision with Wigan�s Hugo Rodallega, forcing the Colombians to promote Nelson Ramos of Millonarios.

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Falcao fires Colombians through to Copa last eight

SANTA FE, July 11 (Agencies): Colombia marched into the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Sunday, becoming the first team to book their passage, after a 2-0 win over Bolivia wrapped up top spot in Group A.

Porto hitman Radamel Falcao put the contest to bed in the first half hour with a crisp opener on 14 minutes and a penalty after 26 minutes as the Colombians hit the ground running.

The cafeteros had already seen off Costa Rica and had the better of a draw with hosts Argentina and completed an impressive first phase showing against a Bolivian side who started well enough in holding the Argentinians before flunking their Costa Rican test.

After Falcao�s rip-roaring opening, Adrian Ramos, Freddy Guarin and Dayro Moreno all went close for the Colombians as they threatened to overwhelm their rivals before they took their foot off the accelerator after the break.

After Falcao sent his spotkick hard and low past Bolivian keeper Carlos Arias � who had saved a penalty in the previous game against the Costa Ricans � the Colombians celebrated by holding aloft a shirt belonging to David Ospina, their usual first choice keeper.

Ospina, who plays for French side Nice, missed the event after fracturing his nose in a training ground collision with Wigan�s Hugo Rodallega, forcing the Colombians to promote Nelson Ramos of Millonarios.

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