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June 14, 2015

RANCAGUA, Chile (AP) — Colombia got off to a disappointing start in the Copa America, losing 1-0 to Venezuela on Sunday in the first game for each team in the South American championship.

Salomon Rondon, Venezuela's biggest threat in the match, headed the winner past keeper David Ospina and into the far corner in the 60th minute.

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It was Venezuela's first victory over Colombia in the Copa America.

Colombia, a quarterfinalist in last year's World Cup and one of the tournament's most exciting teams, was poor throughout the Group C match, despite having the likes of Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao of Monaco.

Venezuela frustrated Colombia's attacks before they could get going and was threatening on the counterattack.

In Group C, Brazil plays Colombia on Wednesday and Peru faces Venezuela on Thursday.

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