Colombia Wins Final Spot in Rio 2016 Tournament

(Photo: CBS Dallas)
(Photo: CBS Dallas)

Last week, the Colombian Men’s National Football Team defeated the United States Men’s National Team for the final spot in the Men’s Football Tournament at Rio 2016 during the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL Playoffs.

The two teams’ first playoff match on March 25 in Barranquilla, Colombia finished in a 1-1 draw. The United States scored in the 5th minute of the match with a goal from midfielder Luis Gil. However, the United States could not finish the match on top thanks to a 67th minute penalty kick goal from Colombian attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero.

This match put all the importance on the final match in the playoff which took place on March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, which is the home of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas.

Colombia dominated the United States by winning 2-1 in the second leg match. Colombian forward Roger Martinez scored two goals in the final playoff match coming in the 30th and 64th minutes. The United States’ only goal in the second match came on an own goal by Colombian defender Deiver Machado.

Colombia joined the 15 national teams who already qualified for Rio 2016 last year and earlier this year. It will join Argentina and Brazil as the three South American nations competing at Rio 2016.

Europe will be represented by four teams including Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Sweden. Africa will be represented by three teams including Algeria, Nigeria and South Africa. Asia will also be represented by three teams including Iraq, Japan and South Korea. North America will be represented by two teams, Mexico and Honduras, and Oceania will be represented by only one team, Fiji, which is making its first Olympic appearance in Men’s Football.

The Men’s Football Tournament will begin on August 3, three days before the Opening Ceremony on August 5.


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