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Played
November 14, 2013 8:00 p.m. GMT
Stade Roi Baudouin — Bruxelles (Brussel)
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Colombia
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Colombia
Flop of the Match
C. Benteke
C. Benteke
Belgium
C. Benteke
C. Benteke
Belgium

Belgium 0-2 Colombia: Falcao and Ibarbo down Wilmots' wasteful side

Second-half goals from the Monaco star and the Cagliari midfielder earned Jose Pekerman's outfit the bragging rights as the World Cup dark horses clashed

Belgium vs Colombia - november 2013
Bélgica vs Colombia

Belgium fell to their first defeat of 2013 as Colombia came away from Brussels with a 2-0 friendly victory on Thursday.

Christian Benteke squandered a number of goalscoring opportunities for the hosts before Colombia striker Radamel Falcao broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half. 

Victor Ibarbo then added a second with a powerful left-footed volley in the 66th minute, but the Belgians had no response.

The defeat is Belgium’s first for exactly a year - their last reverse coming in a 2-1 loss to Romania on November 14 2012 - while Colombia have now won five of their last seven.

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas dropped to the bench in favour of Benteke and Eden Hazard for Belgium as Marc Wilmots made seven changes to the side that started the 1-1 draw with Wales in their last competitive outing.

Colombia, meanwhile, made five alterations to the line-up that started a 2-1 victory over Paraguay last time out, with star striker Falcao among the players to come in.

Benteke had the first effort at goal for the hosts in the sixth minute, but directed his header narrowly wide of 42-year-old keeper Faryd Mondragon's right post from close range.

Mondragon's opposite number Simon Mignolet then needed to be alert 10 minutes later as he touched the ball behind for a corner after Falcao failed to make a meaningful connection with a dangerous cross from the right.

Belgium had a claim for a penalty midway through the opening period as Benteke was bundled over in the area, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on as both goalkeepers remained relatively unthreatened.

The Aston Villa striker was in the thick of the action once again five minutes prior to the break, heading well over from a Marouane Fellaini cross.

Benteke continued to dominate the goalmouth action after half-time and had an 18-yard strike deflected over the crossbar three minutes in.

But it was Colombia who went ahead in the 51st minute, as Falcao beat the offside trap and found himself with the space and time to take the ball around Mignolet and slot into an empty net.

And Jose Pekerman's men doubled their advantage six minutes after the hour mark as substitute Ibarbo brought the ball down superbly 12 yards out before firing a left-footed volley beyond Mignolet shortly after being introduced to the action.

Belgium then went in search of a route back into the game and Thomas Vermaelen nodded the ball down for Marouane Fellaini in the Colombian penalty area, only for the Manchester United midfielder to sidefoot his effort against the right-hand upright.

Moments later, Dries Mertens did brilliantly to knock the ball between two defenders, but his eventual effort was thwarted by the same post that had denied Fellaini as Wilmots' side's nine-game unbeaten run came to an end.



Belgium

22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
2.50
12
3.00
19
Thomas Meunier
Defender
 - 
5
3.00
28
Axel Witsel
Midfielder
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
66′
3.00
14
Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder
58′
2.50
25
Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder
3.00
35
Steven Defour
Midfielder
58′
3.00
20
C. Benteke
Striker
75′
2.00

Colombia

3.50
-
F. Mondragón
Goalkeeper
3.00
17
3.00
14
L. Perea
Defender
66′
3.00
-
 - 
15
S. Arias
Defender
79′
3.00
10
A. Ramírez
Midfielder
63′
3.00
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
84′
2.50
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
69′
3.00
10
3.00
9
Muriel
Striker
60′
4.00
9

Substitutes

30
Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
 - 
6
 - 
18
 - 
19
3.00
23
 - 
2
Timmy Simons
Midfielder
 - 
14
3.00
9
 - 
11
3.00
17
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
12
C. Vargas
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
3
E. Álvarez
Defender
 - 
16
S. Medina
Defender
 - 
14
A. Aguilar
Midfielder
63′
3.00
13
A. Mejía
Midfielder
84′
 - 
17
Edwin Valencia
Midfielder
3.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
69′
3.00
-
M. Torres
Midfielder
79′
 - 
-
C. Bacca
Striker
3.00
-
 - 
29
3.50
23
Víctor Ibarbo
Midfielder
60′ 66′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Red Card
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  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0