A solitary goal from Salomón Rondón was enough to give Venezuela a surprise 1-0 win over Colombia in Rancagua.

The opening game in Group C saw La Vinotinto, who finished fourth in the 2011 Copa América, upset the odds against a star-studded Los Cafeteros side at Estadio El Teniente.

Alejandro Guerra nodded the ball back into the middle to set up the chance for Rondón to head past David Ospina and break the deadlock on the hour mark.

The striker’s effort was no more than Venezuela deserved for their efforts.

They defended impressively – if at times a little ruggedly – throughout against a Colombia side who barely threatened Alain Baroja’s goal until the closing stages.

Following an impressive display at the World Cup – despite missing captain Radamel Falcao – Jose Pekerman’s side have been tipped to threaten at the competition in Chile.

However, it was Venezuela duo Ronald Vargas and Guerra who came close to opening the scoring during a relatively forgettable first half.

Content to soak up minimal Colombian pressure and counter, Noel Sanvicente’s men were given their reward 15 minutes into the second half as Rondon registered his first international goal since September 2013.

James Rodriguez’s saw an effort deflected wide six minutes in before David Ospina was required to gather Vargas’ dangerous cross from the right.

Vargas then forced the Colombia goalkeeper into a smart stop following a clever ball from Juan Arango shortly before the half-hour mark, while Guerra’s acrobatic effort was tipped away for a corner.

Colombia looked an improved prospect after the interval, with Rodriguez firing wide from the edge of the area.

However, they were caught out at the other end when Guerra’s diving header from a deep cross allowed Rondon to angle a header into the bottom right corner.

Colombia asked a few more questions of their opponents as time ticked away, with substitute Teofilo Gutierrez fluffing his lines when put through on goal.

Rodriguez had a shot saved and Juan Cuadrado saw a close-range acrobatic effort drift wide as Venezuela held on to draw first blood in a group also including Brazil and Peru.

Bron: ca2015.com