Brazil trailed for the first time in 8 games, but responded with a controversial goal before snatching a 2-1 victory over Colombia in stoppage time in the Copa America soccer tournament last night.
The defending champions entered the match after winning their last 9 matches, but were conceded 10 minutes later when Luis Diaz scored a stunning goal.
Juan Cuadrado crossed from the right, and Diaz, the Porto midfielder, jumped in an acrobatic manner to hit the ball directly at Everton.
Brazil had the ball and created all the chances, but Colombia did a great job closing space in front of the hosts’ attack.
With Brazil launching an attack, the ball collided with referee Nestor Pitana, and Colombia players waited to stop play, but the Argentine referee, who refereed the 2018 World Cup final, signaled to continue playing.
Brazil took advantage of that and Roberto Firmino crossed a header past David Ospina, who slipped the ball from his hand on the night he equaled Carlos Valderrama’s record number of participation in 111 games with the national team.
Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to talk about the incident, saying, “I think what happened with the referee distracted my team.”
Colombia players protested the award of the goal even after the VAR review.
The protests led to 10 minutes of injury time, and Casemiro added to Colombia’s anguish when he headed in a corner kick at the last minute to give Brazil their third win in three matches in the tournament.