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Copa America 2016: Matchday 5 - 5 talking points

Sachin Bhat
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604   //    08 Jun 2016, 13:13 IST
Clint Dempsey triggered the onslaught from the spot as the USA ran riot

Group A of the 2016 Copa America negotiated its second round of games with hosts USA pummelling Costa Rica 4-0 and Colombia beating Paraguay 2-1 in a closely contested game.

The outcome means Colombia are the first team to confirm a place in the last 8, while the rest still have all to play for in the last chance saloon this Saturday. Here are the five major talking points from matchday 5.

1) That’s the USA everyone was expecting

Following a limp show on the opening day, the USMNT improved tenfold in their next outing as they clinically dispatched Costa Rica with four unanswered goals. The hosts were the better side in every department and seemed to have learnt their lesson from the loss to Colombia on matchday one.

The Americans hit the ground running right from the off, attacking at full pelt and throwing Los Tucos into a tizzy. Their efforts paid off bountifully as the USA led 3-0 by half-time, effectively putting the tie to bed. Yet, they refused to rest back on the sword and continued pushing for more in the second.

Costa Rica, who had been largely subdued in the opening 45 minutes, continued in the same vein post the break and were punished when Graham Zusi struck 3 minutes from time to add gloss to the scoreline.

It was a good day in the office for Jurgen Klinsmann and co.

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