Copa America: Colombia hand Brazil first defeat under Dunga

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By Rafael

Jeison Murillo’s first half goal was enough as Colombia defeated Brazil 1-0 to earn their first victory in the 2015 Copa America.

After a late win against Peru, a victory could have guaranteed Dunga’s side a place in the knockout phase of the competition, but now the Brazilians will have to fight for a place in the final eight against Venezuela on Sunday.

The result also meant that Colombia put an end to a 24-year winless streak against the Seleção.

From the start, Colombia got the better feel of the game and controlled possession for the majority of the first half.

In the 36th minute, Murillo picked up the ball inside the box following a free-kick and fired into the back of the net to give Colombia the lead.

Neymar, who shined against Peru, was left frustrated for large periods of the game. However, he had a chance to equalize close to halftime when he forced David Ospina to a brilliant save from a header.

In the second half, Brazil came close again when Roberto Firmino was gifted the ball inside the box but failed to convert in front of an empty net.

Brazil failed to find an equalizer, and the final whistle was greeted with confrontations from both sides as Neymar and Carlos Bacca both picked up red cards in the process.

The second round of Group C will be finished on Thursday when Venezuela face Peru.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.