Five-star Colombia stroll past Trinidad
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The door to the last 16 is open wide for Colombia, after the South Americans thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 in their second Group F match in the Cheonan Sports Complex on Thursday 23 August, virtually eliminating their near-neighbours in the process.

The Colombians got off to the better start, with Santiago Trellez and Cristian Nazarith both coming close. They finally converted a chance in the 20 th minute, with Andres Felipe Mosquera rising highest at a corner and planting a bullet header past Glenroy Samuel to open the scoring. Heartened by the goal, Eduardo Lara's men kept pushing forward, only for Samuel to thwart them on a number of occasions, and when he was beaten, Daneil Cyrus was on hand to clear off the line.

After the break, the Trinidadians created their best chance of the match, with a left-foot strike from centre-forward Stephen Knox flying inches wide of the far post. That was as good as it got for the Caribbean team, and the Colombians went on to double their lead on the hour through Trellez. 2-0 soon became 3-0, with Mosquera nodding home a carbon copy of the first goal from a corner. Edgar Pardo came on and immediately notched the fourth on 68 minutes, before another substitute, Ricardo Serna, rounded off the scoring.

A draw will suffice for Colombia in their final match against Ghana to make it through to the next round, while Trinidad and Tobago will almost certainly be packing their bags and heading home.