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Played
March 1, 2012 1:00 a.m. GMT
Sun Life Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
Referee:‬ T. Vaughn‎
Attendance:‬ 42000‎
 
 
 

Mexico 0-2 Colombia: Falcao and Cuadrado score in dream Pekerman debut

The visitors scored on each side of half-time to help get a win for the new boss, who was hired by the team earlier this year

By Mike Slane

Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico; Dorlan Pabon, Colombia
Joel Auerbach
Colombia gave Jose Pekerman a perfect debut in his first match in charge, as they took advantage their chances and walked away with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Wednesday night in Miami.

Radamel Falcao opened the scoring just past the midway point of the first half, and Juan Cuadrado gave Colombia the two-goal cushion with a half-hour to play.

Mexico opened the night on the move, forcing goalkeeper David Ospina into some tough saves early on. In two instances in the opening 20 minutes Ospina took a knock after colliding with Mexico's attacking players. He also watched a shot bounce off the post.

Despite this pressure it would be Colombia - which hired Pekerman in January - who struck first.

While the Cafeteros did not enjoy much possession in the first half, on the counter attack the South Americans were always a threat. The visitors took advantage of one of their few scoring chances in the first half Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa parried an effort in the 37th minute.

Falcao put Colombia ahead on a poacher's effort after Cuadrado's shot bounced off Ochoa. The sequence was launched by a free kick from James Rodriguez.

Right before the half it appeared as though Javier Hernandez was ready to give El Tri the goal they have been looking for as he had a wide-open net to simply tap the ball in. But despite getting behind the defense and keeper, Chicharito was unable to gain full control.

The second half began much like the first, with Mexico looking like the stronger team offensively. And just like in the opening 45 Colombia put the ball in the net, leaving Mexico shocked.

In the 60th minute, Cuadrado was on the receving end of the ball as he converted a perfectly placed cross from Pablo Armero. Rodriguez initially set up the play on the left side of the pitch and Ochoa had no chance of stopping the storming midfielder.

Chicharito left the action in the 73rd minute and Mexico were unable to cause any major threats as the game wound to a close, ending what was a disappointing start to their 2012 season.


Mexico

1
2.50
30
C. Salcido
Defender
2.50
4
Rafa Márquez
Defender
2.50
15
Héctor Moreno
Defender
2.00
71
Quique Cameo
Defender
81′
2.50
18
2.50
17
J. Zavala
Midfielder
36′ 66′
2.00
-
Dos Santos
Midfielder
3.00
17
3.00
17
1.50
14
2.00

Colombia

3.00
1
D. Ospina
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
2.50
3
3.00
14
L. Perea
Defender
68′
2.50
18
3.50
10
2.50
-
3.00
10
A. Ramírez
Midfielder
67′
3.50
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
60′ 85′
3.50
9
4.00
11
D. Pabón
Striker
36′

Substitutes

16
0.00
6
2.00
-
E. Lugo
Midfielder
66′
2.50
11
0.00
-
M. Sabah
Striker
60′
2.50
24
O. Peralta
Striker
72′
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
-
Gio Moreno
Midfielder
80′
0.00
19
Elkin Soto
Midfielder
85′
2.50
-
0.00
-

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3 0
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2 0
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2 0