For the first time since last November, the ABC World Cup has changed hands following a dramatic round of group games at the Copa America.
Brazil went into the tournament as the holders of the ABC World Cup, and beat Peru 2-1 in their first game. Dunga’s side went behind after just two minutes after careless play by the Brazil defence let Christian Cueva into score, but it took Neymar the same amount of time to equalise and restore normality. 1-1 was the way it stayed until second half stoppage time, when the 23 year old turned provider, teeing up Douglas Costa to secure a late win.
Then came the big game in Group C, as Colombia faced the boys in yellow, and took the lead through defender Jeison Murillo with with a close-range finish in a packed goalmouth after 36 minutes. Brazil toiled hard, but struggled to carve out clear chances, meaning that they lost to Colombia for the first time since 1991 and also gave up their ABC World Cup crown. But the match was overshadowed by ugly incidents at the final whistle, as Neymar was shown a red card for kicking a ball at Pablo Armero in frustration, before Colombia’s Carlos Bacca was also sent off for a retaliatory shove on the Barcelona forward.
Then in their first game as ABC World Cup holders, Colombia drew 0-0 with Peru as James Rodriguez and Falcao failed to impress, meaning that they only scraped through to the quarter-finals as one of the best ranked third placed teams.
José Pékerman’s side now face Group B winners Argentina in the last eight on Friday, before the winner of that game will play either Brazil or Paraguay, so Dunga’s team could win the trophy back in just a week’s time.
But congratulations Colombia, the ABC World Cup record is below, and you can read all about the tournament so far here.