Colombia secured a 1-0 victory over Uruguay in the Copa América semi-final, despite playing with 10 men for much of the match. The game ended in controversy as players from both teams confronted fans in the stands.

Jefferson Lerma’s header from James Rodríguez’s corner in the 39th minute sealed Colombia’s place in the final against defending champions Argentina. The match turned tense just before halftime when Daniel Muñoz received a second yellow card for elbowing Manuel Ugarte, reducing Colombia to 10 men.

Uruguay dominated possession in the second half, with substitute Luis Suárez hitting the post in a near-equalizer. However, Colombia’s defense held firm, securing a memorable victory.

“After overcoming our weaknesses, we can grow,” remarked Colombia coach Nester Lorenzo after the match.

Uruguay, now set to face Canada in the third-place playoff, experienced chaos post-match as players, including Darwin Núñez, entered the stands amidst fan altercations. Video footage showed Núñez involved in an altercation with a fan in Colombian team colors. José María Giménez expressed concern for the safety of players’ families amidst the chaos.

Conmebol has initiated an investigation into the incident.