Colombia's Radamel Falcao celebrates a goal with teammates during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Chile at Santiago, September 11, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) )
Colombia continued it dominating play with a 3-1 win over Chile.
Coming off a 4-0 win over Uruguay, Colombia still had a ton of questions to answer against a Chilean side that had been among the best in the World Cup Qualifiers. Could Colombia's porous defense hold up against a potent Chilean offense led by Arturo Vidal and Matias Fernandez? Could striker Falcao penetrate a strong Chilean defense?
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Colombia answered those questions with a resounding YES as they took the play to Chile throughout the first half. In the 34th minute they were gifted with a red card against Gary Medel which put the Colombians up a man.
But it ignited Chile instead who took the lead with a goal from Matias Fernandez. Throw in the brilliant play of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and it like Colombia would fail to take advantage of the extra man advantage.
The second half was as wide open as the first, but eventually Colombia evened the scored off a free kick goal from James Rodriguez. The goal shifted the momentum back to Colombia who took the lead off a goal from Falcao. Teofilio Rodriguez, who scored twice against Uruguay, continued his brilliant play with a goal in the 76th minute that sealed the deal for Colombia.
The win puts Colombia at 13 points and in a momentary tie for first place with Argentina and Ecuador. Their next opponent will be Paraguay. Chile gets to take on Ecuador.