Falcao leads Colombia to 2-1 victory

Radamel Falcao came off the bench and scored in second-half

injury time to give Colombia a 2-1 victory over Bolivia on Tuesday

in a South American World Cup qualifier.

Falcao came on in the 78th minute and scored the deciding goal

in the second minute of injury time.

Dorlan Pabon gave Colombia a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute and

Bolivia’s Walter Flores equalized in the 85th.

It was Bolivia’s second loss in qualifying in four days

following a 4-2 defeat at Uruguay. It was Colombia’s first match in

qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Colombia coach Leonel Alvarez surprised many by leaving Falcao

on the bench and playing most of the match with Teofilo Gutierrez

as the lone striker.s

It was also a major victory for Colombia since few visiting

teams have much success playing in the thin air in La Paz, which is

located at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet).


Bolivia: Daniel Vaca, Lorgio Alvarez (Jose Luis Chavez, 76),

Ronald Raldes, Ronald Rivero Luis Gutierrez (Jhasmany Campos, 70),

Walter Flores, Jaime Robles, Rudy Cardozo, Pablo Escobar, Juan

Carlos Arce, Marcelo Martins (Augusto Andaveris, 70).

Colombia: David Ospina, Camilo Zuniga, Amaranto Perea, Aquivaldo

Mosquera, Pablo Armero, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, Freddy Guarin

(Diego Chara, 70), Dorlan Pabon (Dayro Moreno, 60), James

Rodriguez, Teofilo Gutierrez (Radamel Falcao, 78).