Colombia won back some of their wounded pride with a 1-0 win over the United States in their meaningless Group C fixture in Barquisimeto tonight.
Both teams were already out of the competition after losing their opening games to Paraguay and Argentina, who meet later tonight in the same stadium to decide who will top the group and face Peru on Sunday. The second place side will take on Mexico the same day.
Both managers made changes to give more players a game and the US, who came with a young and inexperienced squad, looked particularly out their depth. Hugo Rodallega gave right back Drew Moor a torrid time and Colombia could have scored from one of his crosses before Jaime Castrillon opened the scoring with a flashing header in the 16th minute.
Colombia should have doubled their lead 19 minutes later when goalkeeper Brad Guzan upended Hugo Rodallega in the box. Rodallega’s kick however, was weak and Guzan saved well.
The US showed a little more of a threat after the break with good running from Charlie Davies and Kyle Beckerman had a goal chalked off for offside just four minutes from time.
Seconds later goalkeeper Robinson Zapata was sent off for time-wasting and with no more substitutions left Rodallega went in goal. The US couldn’t get the ball in the box, however and the game ended 1-0.