James Rodriguez warns Colombia over Copa America hopes

James Rodriguez insists there is still a long way to go before Colombia can start thinking about winning the Copa America.

James assisted Duvan Zapata’s winner in a man of the match display as Colombia defeated Qatar 1-0 on Wednesday to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

Now, the Real Madrid playmaker will be looking to help the team round off their Group B campaign by sealing top-spot against Paraguay on Sunday.

Colombia lead second-place Paraguay by two points in the group table after winning both their matches against Argentina and Qatar. Therefore, anything other defeat this weekend will ensure ‎Los Cafeteros top spot and a more favourable quarter-final tie.

But James warned the 2001 winners against thinking of glory in Brazil this summer.

“We’re on the right track but we’re still a long way from achieving all we really want,” said James, according to Yahoo.

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Although Colombia will have to remain grounded on Sunday’s opponents Paraguay, who even had the measure of Argentina last time out.

Despite Richard Sanchez putting them ahead, however, Argentina were awarded a penalty which Lionel Messi put away to deny them all three points on Wednesday.

“I would not like to look pretentious, but I think we lost two points,” said Paraguay boss Eduardo Berizzo afterwards.

“We had the best chances, we did not get much against us, and the development of the game, even when Argentina had more possession, was right, it was solid. They lacked a threat against us.

“It makes me think that, if we converted that penalty or scored on the counter-attack, we would have deserved the victory.”

The Colombia and Paraguay match will take place in Salvador and will begin at 21:00 (CET).

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia.

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