Diaz stunner downs Peru to give Colombia Copa 3rd place

Luis Diaz scored an astonishing winner with practically the last kick of the match as Colombia beat Peru 3-2 in Brasilia on Friday to complete 3rd in the Copa America.

The objective was the 24-year-old Porto forward’s 2nd of the match and came simply 10 minutes after Gianluca Lapadula aimed to have actually sent out the video game into a charge shoot-out.

It was an exhilarating encounter that ups and downs, with Yoshimar Yotun offering Peru a very first half lead prior to Colombia captain Juan Cuadrado matched early in the 2nd duration.

“We’re happy, it was important to finish by winning,” stated Cuadrado, whose side lost their semi-final on charges to Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who play Neymar’s Brazil in Saturday’s last.

“I’m happy with how we reacted (to going behind) and how we went after the result.”

Colombia had the much better start and overdid early pressure however Peru held firm regardless of the ball typically pinging around in their box.

And Peru even had the very first clear opportunity on 28 minutes when Christian Cueva’s smart pass discovered Lapadula, however under pressure from a protector he fired directly large from simply inside package.

Diaz had a possibility for Colombia however fired directly at goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

On 40 minutes Sergio Pena left Colombia’s centre back Oscar Murillo on the flooring with a creative turn, rounded goalkeeper Camilo Vargas however blazed well over the bar from a tight angle.

Peru got the lead they should have prior to the break as Cueva’s accurate pass and Lapadula’s smart run got 4 protectors to establish Yotun for an emphatic surface.

Colombia were back level simply 4 minutes after the break as Cuadrado fired a free-kick through a breaking down wall and previous Gallese at his near post.

Alexander Callens had actually handed out the free-kick on the edge of package with an awkward obstacle and intensified his mistake by leaping far from his fellow members of the wall to develop the space that Cuadrado made use of.

Colombia’s tails were up and Cuadrado’s cross selected man-of-the-match Diaz whose acrobatic overhead kick was parried over by Gallese.

The video game opened and the hazardous Lapadula cut inside a protector on the right prior to shooting in a left-foot shot that clipped the bar as it discussed.

It was end to end things with the goalkeepers contributing in releasing long variety attacks.

Gallese selected Cueva to perform at objective just for a Wilmar Barrios bodycheck to stop him in his tracks.

However then Vargas introduced a long ball up field for Diaz to scuttle away and beat Gallese with a wearing surface on 66 minutes.

Lapadula aimed to have actually sent out the match to charges 8 minutes from time when he increased practically unopposed to head house a Raziel Garcia corner from 6 backyards out.

However Diaz had latest thing with a sensational strike from 25 backyards that Gallese might just get his fingertips to as it gunned into the leading corner.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.