The final spot in the men’s football tournament was decided at an Intercontinental play-off. The match was between the third place nation from CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifier, United States and the second place nation from CONMEBOL’s Olympic qualifier, Colombia. The format was a two-legged play-off at each nation with the nation with the highest aggregate score qualifying to the Olympics. The first leg was held in Barranquilla, Colombia on March 25th 2015 and the second leg was held in Frisco, United States on March 29th 2015.
The first match saw an early goal from the United States by Luis Gil as he scored in the fifth minute. Colombia was able to counter in the 67th minute via a penalty kick from Juan Fernando Quintero. The match remained a 1-1 draw as the final whistle blew meaning the winner of the second match will qualify to the Olympics with the United States holding a precious away goal.
The second match had Colombia taking the lead with a goal by Roger Martinez in the 30th minute, however, disaster struck as the ball struck Deiver Machado leading to an own goal in the 57th minute, tying up the game. Colombia would again take the lead seven minutes later as Martinez scored for a second time. Colombia would hold onto the lead winning the match 2-1 and winning the two legged play-off series by an aggregate score of 3-2.
Colombia is the final team to qualify in men’s football as all 16 teams have now been decided. This will be Colombia’s fifth appearance in this event and its first since 1992. They will be looking to reach at least the quarter-finals for the first time.
Quotas by Nations
- Colombia – 1 team, 18 athletes
- CONCACAF. Men’s Football Olympic Qualifying – Match 1 Results. Access on March 30 2016.
- CONCACAF. Men’s Football Olympic Qualifying – Match 2 Results. Access on March 30 2016.