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Copa America 2016: Colombia off to winning start with 2-0 win over US

California (US): James Rodriguez was among the scorers as Colombia got their 2016 Copa America campaign off to a winning start against the United States here on Saturday.

Colombia’s James Rodriguez scores a penalty past USA’s goalkeeper Brad Guzan during the Copa America Centenario match in California, United States on Saturday. pic/AFP
Colombia’s James Rodriguez scores a penalty past USA’s goalkeeper Brad Guzan during the Copa America Centenario match in California, United States on Saturday. pic/AFP

America, hosting the competition for the first time on its 100th anniversary, fell behind on eight minutes when Cristian Zapata volleyed home.

Real Madrid playmaker Rodriguez then added a first-half penalty at Levi’s Stadium to secure the 2001 champions all three points in the Group A opener. A bright start from Jose Pekerman’s side was rewarded when Zapata expertly converted Edwin Cardona’s corner from 10 yards.

Rodriguez was later replaced, nursing a shoulder injury, while Carlos Bacca crashed an effort against the bar for Colombia with 13 minutes remaining.

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