After ten years and over forty caps for Colombia, the first goal has finally arrived for AC Milan center back Cristian Zapata.
And what a time to score it.
In the eighth minute of the Copa America's opening match against the United States, Zapata put Colombia up 1-0 over the hosts. He was able to get a free run through the box, and he latched onto a corner kick from Edwin Cardona, putting a hard right-footed volley past keeper Brad Guzan to get his first international goal.
The Rossoneri defender's goal would end up being the match-winner, as the United States were unable to get on the scoresheet. Zapata played a key role in the clean sheet, making two important tackles in the first half to prevent goal-scoring opportunities.
Zapata has only recorded one goal in the last two seasons for Milan, and they will hope that the defender has a good tournament and can return healthy and in form for Serie A play.
Colombia would win 2-0 thanks to a penalty later in the first half from James Rodriguez, putting them in great shape to advance from the group stages of the tournament.