Copa América: Colombia beats Uruguay a man down in violence-filled semifinal.

Colombia defeated Uruguay 1-0 in a dramatic Copa América semifinal on Wednesday night after a postgame altercation on the field and in the fans.  

Colombia advanced to its first Copa América final and second since 2001 with the win. Lionel Messi and defending World Cup champion Argentina, which only allowed one goal in five games, will challenge it there.  

Colombia and Argentina play in Miami on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, Fox/Univision).  

Wednesday's semifinal in Charlotte could have been in Bogotá. Fans wearing yellow Colombia clothing filled Bank of America Stadium stands.   

Colombia satisfied those fans with a testy encounter that saw six yellow cards and a red-card ejection before postgame activities.  

Following a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Panama, Colombia entered Wednesday's encounter as the tournament's top scorer (11 goals). It scored first on a 38th-minute corner kick.  

After James Rodríguez hit the ball to the back post from a corner, Jefferson Lerma jumped high and squeaked the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Rochet.  

Uruguay conceded only two goals entire tournament. Uruguay had scored nine goals in four Copa América games, but Colombia's defence stopped them. Uruguay had four first-half shots but none on goal.  

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