Colombia are easily into the Copa America semi-finals, thanks to three more James Rodríguez goal involvements against Panama. Read how it happened, and check out the post-match data and facts.

James Rodríguez stole the show with a goal and two assists as Colombia breezed into the Copa America semi-finals after brushing Panama aside with a 5-0 thrashing on Saturday.

Colombia captain Rodríguez teed up Jhon Córdoba’s opener and Luis Díaz’s cool lob either side of his own 15th-minute penalty.

Richard Ríos hammered home another after 70 minutes in bizarre circumstances after the referee appeared to blow for a Colombia penalty, then Miguel Borja converted when Néstor Lorenzo’s side were awarded another spot-kick in stoppage time.

Having dispatched Panama with ease, a semi-final meeting with either Brazil or Uruguay awaits for Colombia, who have reached the last four in three of their last four Copa tournaments.

Colombia needed just eight minutes to open the scoring as Córdoba found space inside the six-yard box, diving low to head Rodríguez’s right-sided corner past Orlando Mosquera.

José Fajardo blazed over in response, but Lorenzo’s side would soon extend their advantage only seven minutes after taking the lead.

Panama goalkeeper Mosquera felled the onrushing Jhon Arias, with a lengthy VAR check reviewing a potential offside in the build-up before the penalty decision was confirmed.

Yet that stoppage failed to detract from Rodríguez’s focus as the attacking midfielder hammered into the top-right corner from 12 yards, sending Mosquera the wrong way.

Panama almost halved the arrears soon after, though Edgardo Fariña’s header from Éric Davis’ free-kick cannoned against the left post before Camilo Vargas somehow parried away on the line.

Thomas Christensen’s side suffered further damage just before the break as Rodriguez’s quick-thinking free-kick from inside his own half set up Díaz to lob the stranded Mosquera from just outside the Panama box.

Panama provided a battling performance of some sorts in the second half, yet for the wrong reasons as numerous fouls slowed the game down with Jovani Welch and Fariña both cautioned.

Daniel Muñoz was then felled as the referee appeared to blow his whistle and point to the penalty spot, only for Ríos to arrow into the bottom-right corner from range to make the advantage count.

Christensen and the Panama bench cut frustrated figures following that odd refereeing sequence, and that annoyance furthered when Borja slotted a stoppage-time penalty into the bottom-right corner after José Córdoba clumsily hacked down Santiago Arias.

Who Can Stop Rodríguez-Inspired Colombia?

Lorenzo’s men are now a remarkable 27 games unbeaten after their dominant victory, though a huge test awaits them in the semi-finals against either Uruguay or Brazil.

Yet both of those sides may be no match for Colombia if Rodríguez’s imperious form is anything to go by.

The São Paulo midfielder is the first player in the Copa America to both score and assist within the opening 15 minutes of a match, since such records began in 2011.

Rodríguez is also the first player at the 2024 edition to reach six goal involvements (one goal, five assists), ahead of Argentina’s Lautaro Martínez and Venezuela’s Salomón Rondón (both four).

The Colombia captain’s five assists are three more than any other player so far at this Copa. Will that creativity lead Lorenzo’s side to glory?

Panama Pain

The 2024 edition of the Copa America marked only Panama’s second participation, with this their first instance of making the knockout stages.

Panama may have been confident for this one, too, having won four of their previous seven competitive meetings this century against CONMEBOL sides (three defeats).

Indeed, two of those victories came against Colombia (both at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup), and Christensen’s team impressed this year in Group C to pip the United States to second.

Yet they were brought crashing back down to earth here, with no way back after a first-half blitz from an imperious Colombia side.

Our Opta match centre delivers you all the Colombia vs Panama stats from their Copa America 2024 knockout clash.

The match centre below includes team and player stats, expected goals data, passing networks, an Opta chalkboard and more. It gives you everything you need to do your own post-match analysis.

Underneath the match centre you can find the official Opta stats on the game as well. 

Colombia vs Panama: Post-Match Facts

  • Colombia achieved the largest margin of victory in their history in the CONMEBOL Copa America, surpassing the 4-0 win against Venezuela in 1979. Additionally, they became the fifth team to win by five or more goals in the knockout stages of the tournament, following Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.
  • Colombia have equalled their longest unbeaten streak in all competitions (27 matches, 21 wins, 6 draws), matching the run between July 1992 and March 1994 (27 matches, 13 wins, 14 draws). Additionally, La Tricolor have won 11 of their last 12 matches (1 draw).
  • Since Opta began recording assists (2011), James Rodríguez is the second player to deliver five assists in a single edition of the Copa America, following Lionel Messi (2021).
  • Luis Díaz scored his sixth goal in the Copa America, becoming Colombia’s third-highest scorer in the history of the competition, surpassing Delio Gamboa (5) and trailing only Víctor Aristizábal (8) and Arnoldo Iguarán (10).
  • This is the second time Colombia has scored three goals in the first half of a Copa America match, the first being in 1957 when they scored three times against Ecuador.
  • Jhon Córdoba is the only player to score four goals for Colombia in 2024, across all competitions and friendlies. He also provided one assist in his six matches played with Los Cafeteros this year.
  • Colombia have gone 12 consecutive matches without losing to Concacaf opponents (11 wins, 1 draw), equalling their longest unbeaten run against teams from that confederation, which they first achieved between October 2010 and June 2016 (11 wins, 1 draw).
  • Colombia are the third team to score two goals in the first 15 minutes of a knockout stage match of the Copa America, following Peru in 1999 (quarterfinals against Mexico) and Chile in 2016 (semifinals against Colombia).
  • This is the second time James Rodríguez has directly contributed to three goals in a competitive match for Colombia, after scoring and providing two assists against Japan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (4-1).

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