Football: Colombia march into Copa America quarters after 2-1 win over Paraguay

Carlos Bacca (centre) of Colombia breaking past Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar during the second half of their Copa America match.
Carlos Bacca (centre) of Colombia breaking past Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar during the second half of their Copa America match.PHOTO: AFP

Pasadena (AFP) - Colombia became the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday after goals from Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez fired them a 2-1 win over Paraguay in Group A.

AC Milan striker Bacca headed Colombia into the lead in the 12th minute before Real Madrid star Rodriguez doubled the Colombians' tally with a low shot on the half-hour mark.

Victor Ayala scored a goal for Paraguay in the 71st minute but their second half fightback came up short.

Colombia is undefeated in Group A so far following its win over hosts the United States last week.

With one game remaining against Costa Rica this weekend, Colombia are assured of a top two finish and a place in the last eight.