BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — Colombia and Brazil drew 1-1 on Wednesday in the best-of-the-match group stage of the U20 South American Championship, with Argentina defeating Peru boosting its chances of qualifying for the tournament’s final hexagonal. Retained. ,
The hosts reached five points behind Paraguay and Brazil, with seven units already ensuring their presence in the final round. Argentina, with three, will reach the final date, which will be played on Friday and in which they will decide the final route of Group A with the hosts.
In a match that ended on Wednesday at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in Cali, Colombia came out to lay down the terms against an opponent that, with the classification obtained the previous day, had reserved several of its starters.
Los Cafeteros opened the scoring after 31 minutes with an impressive goal from captain Gustavo Puerta, who picked up a rebound outside the area and scored with a powerful right footed shot from 25 metres.
Brazil equalized on a set ball play, with Andrey Santos heading in a precise cross from Guilherme Biro.
The midfielder, who was recently hired by Chelsea for an estimated price of $12 million, reached three goals in the Championship and equaled the scorers’ lead with his compatriot Vitor Roque – who did not see action that day – and the Uruguayan. Luciano Rodriguez.
In the second half, Colombia looked for the goal that would have given them the win and were classified with the management of midfielders Kevin Mantilla and Miguel Ángel Monsalve, but they had no accuracy in the final shots.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we are happy with the work we did on the field. We are two teams which we proposed and we did well. Now we will try to qualify against Argentina”, indicated Bogota FC midfielder Gustavo Puerta from the Colombian second division and who will miss the decisive game due to the accumulation of warnings.
After two defeats in their first matches, Argentina achieved their first victory over Peru, 1–0, and managed to reach the group stage end date with substitutes.
The only goal for La Albiceleste, who did not have injured Facundo Buonanotte and Agustín Guy, arrived in set piece action after 41 minutes, after a cross that Alejo Veliz finished on the post and Gino Infantino took advantage to score. . header.
“We came from two difficult games and we needed a win to continue with the chances of qualifying, which is what we want. The key was the effort of the whole team”, said Infantino, a midfielder with Rosario Central. Has 38 appearances and five goals.
The Javier Mascherano-led team, which made nine changes compared to its previous appearance against Brazil, showed more fluidity in offensive play and was able to defend the result against Peru in the final leg, seeking a tie despite being eliminated. attacked in ,
“Today we were able to play well, we moved the ball and we tired them. And then when we had to defend, we knew how to suffer”, said midfielder Nicolás Paz, who is from Real Madrid Castilla. is related.
Group B action continues this Thursday, which could define its first bracket after the Uruguay-Bolivia and Venezuela-Ecuador matches.