BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Mexico defeated Colombia 3-1 on Saturday to reach the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup, setting up a showdown with the winner of Sunday's match between tournament favorites Spain and Brazil.
Edson Rivera broke a 1-1 tie in the 69th minute with a header and then added a second goal in the 88th.
The Under-20 tournament is adding to what is already a great year for Mexican football. The senior team won the regional championship, defeating the United States 4-2 in final of the Gold Cup. Mexico also won the Under-17 World Cup, beating Uruguay 2-0.
The loss was a heartbreaker for a 42,000 sellout crowd in Bogota, where Colombia had won its first four games.
Colombia had chances early, buoyed by the noisy crowd. Colombia outshot Mexico 21-9 in the match, but many of its shots were off-target - unlike Mexico's.
Mexico took an early 1-0 lead when Erick Torres converted a penalty in the 38th. The spot kick came after Diego Reyes was pushed and fell in the area with Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir calling the penalty, which was not disputed by the Colombians.
Colombia equalized in the 60th, taking advantage of a mistake by Mexico keeper Jose Rodriguez. Duvan Zapata let loose with a long-range shot that bounced once and passed between the legs of Rodriguez as he was dropping to his knees.
Mexico regained the lead in the 69th when Ulises Davila delivered a perfect corner and Rivera leaped high to head home from 10 meters (yards) with Colombia keeper Cristian Bonilla barely getting his fingertips on the ball. Rivera's second goal was a rising drive from 20 meters (yards) that hit Bonilla in the shoulder-arm area before going in.
Colombia dominated the first half with 12 shots to two for Mexico, although only two of Colombia's shots were on target.
Colombia attacked from the first minute with Luis Muriel, Hector Quinones and Zapata having good chances. The best chance may have been Muriel's shot in the 21st, which Mexico keeper Rodriguez just tipped over the crossbar.
But Colombia seemed to wear down after the early surge, and then was set back by Mexico's opening goal. The equalizer gave the Colombians hope, but Rivera snuffed that out with his two late goals.