Johannesburg, June.8: Colombia claimed a 2-1 win over Paraguay in their second Group A contest in Pasadena to become the first team to book a spot in thequarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario.Also Read - World Cup Qualifiers: Lionel Messi Endures Frustrating Outing as Argentina Held by Paraguay
AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca dispatched a clinical header to put Colombia ahead in the 12th minute before Real Madrid star Rodriguez doubled the lead on the half-hour mark, Sport24 reported. Also Read - World Cup Qualifiers: Cut Supply to Argentina Captain Lionel Messi, Paraguay Players Told
Although Paraguay tried to launch a comeback when Victor Ayala scored a goal in the 71st minute, Colombia successfully held off their rivals until the final whistle.(ALSO READ:Copa America 2016 Points Table, Results and Team Standings of Centanario Tournament: Colombia become first team to qualify to knockout stages). Also Read - VIDEO: Lionel Messi Returns to Barcelona Following Break After Copa America Success
With the win, Colombia are assured of a top two finish with one game remaining against Costa Rica this weekend.