Argentina beat defending champion Colombia, 3-0, in a one-sided match in Lima, Peru, last night, to reach the Copa America final for the first time since 1993.
Carlos Tevez, Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pablo Sorin scored to take the tournament co-favorites through to Sunday's championship match against Brazil or Uruguay.
Argentina, seeking a record 15th title in the sport's oldest international tournament, overran a Colombian team that didn't force goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri into a save at Estadio Nacional until the last 15 minutes.
Tevez, whose free kick clinched a 1-0 quarterfinal win against Peru, repeated the feat in the 33rd minute. His shot from 25 yards wrong-footed goalkeeper Juan Carlos Henao, who parried the ball into the net with his left hand.
Argentina's pressure paid off five minutes into the second half when striker Luciano Figueroa ran down the left flank into the penalty area to open up Colombia's defense. Gonzalez, one of four players waiting for a pass, shot into an unguarded net. Sorin sealed the win by heading past Henao with 10 minutes left.
World champion Brazil will face Uruguay in the same stadium today. Uruguay shares Argentina's record of 14 Copa America titles, while the Brazilians are chasing a seventh crown.
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