Football: Colombia down USA 1-0 to finish third in Copa America

Carlos Bacca #7 of Colombia celebrates his first half goal against the US during the 2016 Copa America Centenario third place match at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 25 in Glendale, Arizona.
Carlos Bacca #7 of Colombia celebrates his first half goal against the US during the 2016 Copa America Centenario third place match at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 25 in Glendale, Arizona. PHOTO: AFP

GLENDALE (Arizona) (AFP) - AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca scored the only goal as Colombia defeated the United States 1-0 to clinch third place in the Copa America Centenario on Saturday.

Bacca, 29, bundled home the winner on 31 minutes, nudging in from close range to settle a hard-fought contest.

The US, beaten 4-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals on Tuesday, rallied desperately to get back into the game but ultimately were frustrated by some superb goalkeeping from David Ospina.

It was the second time the US had been beaten by Colombia in this tournament. The Colombians also defeated them 2-0 in the tournament's opening match.

The final of the Copa America takes place on Sunday, with Argentina facing Chile in East Rutherford, New Jersey.