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2015 Copa America: Venezuela edges Colombia 1-0

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Jose Salomon Rondon notched his first international goal in nearly two years to hand Venezuela a surprising 1-0 victory over Colombia in Copa America play.

The first half begun and ended in a predictable fashion, with Colombia holding on to a majority of possession (57 percent).

Los Cafeteros maintained control over the entire field by pressuring the Venezuelans at points, but the Plainsman made sure to be aggressive, racking up 15 fouls in the first 45 minutes to stave off fluidity in Colombia’s attack.

In the 27th minute for the Burgundy, Ronaldo Vargas had a favorable chance on goal, albeit at a tough angle.

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As for Colombia, Real Madrid youngster James Rodqriquez had multiple shots from outside the penalty area blocked down in the first half. Ex-Manchester United man Radamel Falcao had a strike in threatening position whistle off target, and Cristian Zapata was the victim of sound defense that redirected his close-range efforts wide.

The second half had Colombia getting opportunities but few of their strikes were on target.

Rodriguez was near scoring but his 53rd-minute endeavor was thwarted inside the box. Juan Cuadrado tried for what could’ve been an amazing goal in the 85th minute, though his attempt from the six-yard box was not hit well enough.

After Rondon hit the post, the Zenit St. Petersburg striker would power a header past goalkeeper David Ospina for the winner in the 60th minute.

Teofilo Gutierrez replaced Sevilla and Colombian forward Carlos Bacca in the 72nd minute but the switch ultimately proved to be futile.

Jose Pekerman’s side will battle Brazil on Wednesday, while Venezuela will head to face Peru the following day.

VIDEO: James Rodriguez scores stunning volley, as Real Madrid stay in title race

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That lad James Rodriguez has a penchant for the spectacular, doesn’t he?

After wowing the world with his spectacular strikes for Colombia at the World Cup last summer, James has delivered another beauty to add to his collection.

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James has enjoyed an up and down debut season for Real at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining from AS Monaco for $107 million last summer but this may be his finest moment in the Spanish capital yet.

The 23-year-old attacker opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in stunning fashion as he hammered home an unstoppable volley off the crossbar and in. Remember this goal against Uruguay in the last 16 down in Brazil? Pretty similar, huh?

His sensational strike set Los Blancos on their way to a 3-0 win over Almeria in La Liga, as they continue to stay hot on the heels of league leaders Barcelona and are just two points behind their arch rivals with four games to go.

Watch James’ wonderful strike in the video below, courtesy of beIN Sports USA.

Report: US to play friendly vs. Colombia in San Antonio

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World Cup sensations Colombia could be heading to Texas this September.

According to reports from San Antonio, the U.S. national team are set to square off against Los Cafeteros on September 9 in a friendly match at the Alamodome.

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s men are already penciled in for a September 3 friendly in Europe against the Czech Republic in Prague six days earlier.

If the friendly against Colombia does go ahead it is likely that Klinsmann will selected a Major League Soccer based squad for that game, and used European based for the friendly vs. the Czech Republic a few days earlier. Both matches fall on FIFA international dates so the likes of Real Madrid’s new signing James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado could be on show for Colombia.

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The U.S. have  busy fall schedule coming up and have already arranged an October 14 friendly against Ecuador with the location to be confirmed and will travel to Dublin on November 18 to play against the Republic of Ireland.

Colombia will rack up some frequent flier miles to the USA as they face Brazil in Miami on Sept. 5 and are then schedule to play Ecuador on U.S. soil on Oct. 10.

ProSoccerTalk contacted the U.S. national team to get confirmation of the friendly, more details when they arrive.

Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez for $107 million

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On Tuesday Real Madrid officially announced the signing of Colombian superstar James Rodriguez.

James is now the fourth most expensive player in soccer history behind Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (both Real Madrid) as the Spanish giants have finally got their man.

The 23-year-old has joined the reigning European Champions on a six-year deal for a fee of $107 million, after taking the World Cup by storm.

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Rodriguez scored six times in five World Cup matches this summer in Brazil to lift the Golden Boot, despite Colombia only reaching the quarterfinal stage, and has been linked with a switch from French side AS Monaco to Real ever since.

The talented attacker will now head to the U.S. to meet his new teammates on their preseason tour, as Madrid face Inter Milan, AS Roma and Manchester United. The club released the following statement on their website, as Rodriguez will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabue on Tuesday evening.

Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Mónaco FC to buy James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons.

The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 CET, in the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box.

Following that, James Rodríguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will then answer questions from the media outlets in attendance in the press room.

The big question now is, where will James slot in to the Real line up?

[RELATED: Real to unveil Rodriguez on Tuesday, join club for US tour]

With Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria currently occupying the four attacking spots, something has to give. Di Maria is the most likely to leave as Rodriguez’s ability to play centrally or on the wing mean he can slot in anywhere alongside Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema.

James’ ability to create goals should not be underestimated as he led the French top-flight in assists last season with 12 and bagged a slightly modest total of nine goals during his debut campaign in Ligue 1. Monaco have certainly made a tidy profit on the man they signed for just $60 million last summer from FC Porto.

After this monster signing, I think we can start referring to Real as Los Galacticos once again… if you ever stopped doing that.

World Cup Today: France, Germany clash plus Brazil vs. Colombia in quarters

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WORLD CUP TODAY: FRIDAY, JULY 4

After the longest break of the tournament so far (how did we survive with no game for two days?) we are back underway for the World Cup quarterfinals.

On Friday, first up France and Germany square off at the Maracana with the Germans incredibly confident of making the WC semifinal.

Then the hosts are back in action as Brazil play red-hot Colombia in an all-South American clash in Fortaleza. Luis Felipe Scolari is contemplating switching his lineup to quell the threat of James Rodriguez.

Here is all the news you need to know, as the quarterfinals begin in Brazil.

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MATCH 57: FRANCE VS. GERMANY

Location: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Time: Noon ET
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Cheater’s Guide

France have kept three clean sheets in four games and are looking dynamic, dangerous and full of life under Didier Deschamps. As for Germany, they have labored through their last two matches against the U.S. and Algeria and have seven players struggling with ‘flu-like symptoms’ ahead of this one. Smart move could be on France to upset the Germans, as Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Matheiu Valbuena continue to shine.

What they’re saying

German midfielder Toni Kroos is very confident of success, as the Bayern Munich man believes his side will power past the French. ““France have a very strong midfield but if all of us deliver our best performance, then I believe we are the better team,” Kroos said. “But we have to show that. It’s going to be very important for us to have possession and to win the duels. Then, I believe we will really have a good opportunity to win.”

History

This will be the 26th meeting between the sides. France have won 11, Germany eight and there have been six draws.

Premier League Players

France: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Moussa Sissokho (Newcastle), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Loic Remy (QPR).

Germany: Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (Arsenal); André Schürrle (Chelsea)

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MATCH 58: BRAZIL VS. COLOMBIA

Location: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Time: 4pm ET
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Cheater’s Guide

The Brazilian public let out a collective sigh of relief following their penalty kick victory over Chile in the last 16. After underwhelming and over-relying on Neymar, Brazil’s run almost came to an end last-time out. Colombia will prove an even stiffer test than Chile as James Rodriguez has scored five so far, two against Uruguay in the last 16, and is the figurehead of a fired-up and talented Cafateros side that are at the quarterfinal stage for the first time in history.

What they’re saying

Brazilian boss Luis Felipe Scolari is in confident mood as the pressure builds. “Does Brazil continue to have one hand on the trophy? Yes. We are going on to the fifth step and there are seven steps.”

History

Brazil last lost at home in 2002 and are unbeaten in 41 matches on Brazilian soil. They have only lost twice to Colombia in 25 games and have never lost at home.

Premier League players

Brazil: Oscar, Willian, Ramires (Chelsea), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Mmanchester City)