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Colombia Dominate The Youth Of South America

Colombia have won their third South American Youth Championship title after topping the hexagonal final group following a decisive win over runners-up Paraguay.

Juan Fernando Quintero was awarded the best player of the tournament award and proved his worth by scoring early on for the Colombians with a deflected long-range effort.

Juan Fernando Quintero will be eager to make an impression in Serie A upon his return to club football.

Juan Fernando Quintero will be eager to make an impression in Serie A upon his return to club football.

Quintero was also the tournament’s second top scorer – impressive from midfield. The 19-year-old is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Pescara, where his 12 first-team appearances are sure to be built on upon his return. His technical ability is much praised while his dribbling and ball control gives him a clinical edge. Likened to Lionel Messi for his dribbling and with a lethal set-piece, it’s no wonder why there was no stopping Quintero in this Championship.

Jherson Vargara doubled the lead for Colombia on 54 minutes after Paraguay failed to clear the ball which meant Jorge Rojas’ 88th minute goal for Paraguay was nothing but a mere consolation.

Watch full video highlights of the match below.

Nicolas Lopez secured his award of top scorer and helped Uruguay to a third place finish as they beat Ecuador in Mendoza.

He scored six times across the two group stages to cement his status as one of the brightest strikers to be coming out of South America. He will now return to Serie A making a major case to Roma manager Zdenek Zeman. Scoring the final-minute winner against Brazil during the group stage, he is no stranger to last-gasp goals. His one previous Serie A appearance came as he replaced Francesco Totti in the dying seconds against Catania and true to form netted to secure all three points.

Watch Nicolas Lopez’s goal below.

Chile narrowly missed out on third place as they drew with Peru.

Edison Flores’ opener was cancelled out by Bryan Rabello just before the break.

Watch full video highlights of the game below.

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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