Copa America 2011, Colombia Vs. Bolivia: Colombia Wins Group, Bolivia Eliminated

Colombia and Bolivia both control their own destiny in their final group stage game in the 2011 Copa America, with Colombia having the much easier route to the quarterfinals.

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Copa America 2011, Colombia Vs. Bolivia: Final, Falcao Guides Colombia To 2-0 Victory

After a relatively uneventful second half, in which Colombia seemed secure in their result and Bolivia seemed a bit resigned to their fate, Los Cafeteros are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America, having secured first place in Group A with seven points overall. Now, Argentina, regardless of their result on Monday, cannot win their group.

Radamel Falcao scored both of Colombia's goals, assisted by some pretty poor defending in both cases. The first goal was created by a through ball by Dayro Moreno that Bolivia's defense completely failed to deal with, while the second came on a penalty kick.

Colombia remained the better side, creating more chances than their opponents throughout the second half, but failed to score as they lacked the drive that they had in the first half. Unfortunately for Colombia, their win and their consistency so far in the tournament may not be rewarded, as they could possibly receive a date with underachieving Brazil or Uruguay.

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Copa America 2011, Colombia Vs. Bolivia: Halftime, Radamel Falcao Brace Has Colombia Ahead

Through 45 minutes of action, it's been all smooth sailing for Colombia, who aren't being challenged by Bolivia much at all. Thanks to two goals by Radamel Falcao - one of them coming from the penalty spot - Colombia lead by a score of 2-0 at halftime, and it hasn't been difficult for them at all. Between this half of football and Bolivia's loss to Costa Rica, Argentina's draw in the first round of games is starting to look downright embarrassing.

The first goal was the product of atrocious defending, as Dayro Moreno played Falcao through on goal with a simple ball from a deep position in midfield. Bolivia's back line was completely disorganized and Falcao was able to run onto it easily, eventually rounding keeper Carlos Arias and putting a nice shot into the back of the net at the far post.

Falcao completed his brace with a penalty kick, drawn on a silly foul from Santos Amador. He converted the kick, then went to the bench for a group celebration, where the team held up the jersey of their normal starting goalkeeper, David Ospina. The Nice No. 1 was injured on the first day of national team training camp and is unable to play in the tournament.

If this result holds, Colombia will be going through in first place. This may or may not be a good thing, as they could end up playing Uruguay, Paraguay or Brazil in the quarterfinals. All would be formidable opponents.

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Copa America 2011, Colombia Vs. Bolivia: Preview

Before the start of the 2011 Copa America, most would have penciled in a win on the schedule for Colombia in this match against Bolivia. They're still favorites, but if we've learned anything from this tournament so far, it's that anything can happen. All of Brazil, Uruguay and hosts Argentina, considered by most to be the three best teams in the region in some order, have struggled. In their six games played, those teams have precisely zero wins. So, long story short, nothing is a given for Colombia.

They aren't a deep team, but their stars are getting the job done. Colombia's talented back line has lived up to their reputation so far, while Radamel Falcao has played extremely well, even if he hasn't scored. He's worked his socks off up top for his team in both games, and his work rate helps them to get results when they're not playing their best.

One player that has produced tangible results so far is Fredy Guarin, who might end up being this tournament's breakout player. Against Argentina, the country who produced two of the best central playmakers of the 2000s in Juan Roman Riquelme and Juan Sebastian Veron, Guarin was far and away the most creative and best passer of the central midfielders on the pitch for both teams. He set up Adrian Ramos's goal against Costa Rica, and he was the architect of all of Colombia's best chances against Argentina.

To advance to the quarterfinal, Colombia merely have to avoid losing by two or more goals. If they win the game, they win the group. But is that necessarily a good result for the Colombians? They would currently face one of Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Despite the early results of those teams, they would all be favored over Colombia in the quarterfinals. For Bolivia, a win gives them a chance of advancing, and a win by two goals or more guarantees passage into the quarterfinals.

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