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Last Updated: Friday, 20 June, 2003, 19:20 GMT 20:20 UK
Colombia edge out Kiwis
Japan's Naohiro Takahara dribbles past New Zealanders Chris Zoricich (left) and Vaughan Coveny
New Zealand were outclassed by Japan
Colombia 3-1 New Zealand

Colombia came from behind to beat 10-man New Zealand in Lyon and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

New Zealand went in front when striker Raffaele De Gregorio slotted home from outside the box in the 27th minute but the South American champions levelled through Jorge Lopez just before the hour.

The Kiwis were reduced to 10 men after striker Chris Killen was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 69th minute.

And Mario Yepez made the advantage count for Colombia by netting a superb volley with just 15 minutes remaining.

Midfielder Giovanni Hernandez wrapped up the match thanks to a third goal in the 85th minute.

New Zealand have yet to win a match in the eight-nation tournament.

They lost 3-0 to Japan on Wednesday and in their previous appearance in 1999 they finished with three consecutive defeats.

Colombia were beaten 1-0 by France in their opening match but still have a chance of reaching the last four when they take on Japan on Sunday.




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