LIMA, July 9 (Reuters) - A last-minute header by substitute Edixon Perea gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Bolivia on Friday, putting the defending Copa America champions into the
quarter-finals with maximum points from their first two games.
Perea, recently promoted from the under-20 national team,
outjumped the Bolivia defence to send a looping header into the
goal 13 minutes after coming on in the Group A match.
The result was harsh on a Bolivian side that had little
possession but marked their opponents very closely, pulling back
almost all of their players into their own half most of the game
to frustrate the Colombian attack.
Bolivia, who drew 2-2 with hosts Peru in their first match
despite being considered the tournament's weakest team, again
showed they were no pushovers, attacking with confidence in the
Their best chance came when midfielder Limberg Gutierrez's
shot was cleared off the line just after the break.
Colombia striker Tressor Moreno linked well with playmaker
David Ferreira throughout the match, but the shot-shy pair had
nothing to show for their quick passing moves.
Moreno's best chance came in the 60th minute after a
exchanging passes with fellow striker Sergio Herrera, but he
ballooned his shot over the bar from close range.
Bolivia's veteran captain Luis Cristaldo - a survivor from
the 1994 World Cup team - made an early exit after he was
injured in midway through the first half.