Friday, 29 June 2007

Copa America Day 3

The Copa America goalfest continued last night with ten goals between the two games, bringing the tournament average up to four a game.

Paraguay opened the evenings proceedings with a 5-0 demolition of Colombia, whose defensive inadequacies were there for all to see. Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz scored a hat-trick, with subsitute Salvador Cabanas adding another two late on to compound the Colombian's misery.

Tournament favourites Argentina got off to a perfect start, thrashing the USA 4-1. A Hernan Crespo double along with second half goals from subsitutes Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez cancelled out an early penalty from Eddie Pope to give Argentina victory. Both Juan Riquelme and Juan Sebastian Veron started for Argentina having been recalled to the national squad for the tournament and their creative input played a large part in their side's triumph, Riquelme being involved in three of their four goals.

Argentina and Paraguay are now clear favourties to progress to the knockout stages, whereas Colombia and the USA will be left scrambling for one of the two best third place finishes.

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