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3 vs 3
Played
October 12, 2013 5:00 AM MYT
Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez — Barranquilla
Referee:‬ Paulo Cesar De Oliveira‎
Attendance:‬ 40388‎
 
Top of the Match
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Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Chile
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Colombia 3-3 Chile: Falcao spearheads stunning comeback

The hosts were 3-0 within half an hour but a fantastic second-half performance saw them salvage a draw and seal qualification for the 2014 World Cup

By Michael Huguenin

Arturo Vidal y Falcao García
Arturo Vidal y Falcao García

A pair of Radamel Falcao penalties has seen Colombia snatch a 3-3 draw with Chile and clinch a berth at the 2014 World Cup finals.

Chile blitzed the home side early to lead 3-0 before the half-hour mark with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez central to the visitors' start as he scored his team's second and third goals.

But a red card to Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona in the 66th minute allowed Colombia to recover with Teofilo Gutierrez scoring the home side's first three minutes later before James Rodriguez was fouled in the box on two occasions and, both times, Falcao converted from the spot.

The draw saw Colombia move to 27 points and ensured they will be a part of Brazil 2014 - the first time they have qualified for a World Cup since France 1998.

Meanwhile, Chile missed the opportunity to qualify and will need to claim at least a point at home against Ecuador on the final matchday in South American qualifying to secure a berth at next year's tournament.

Chile started brilliantly with Arturo Vidal putting the visitors ahead at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla in the 19th minute from the penalty spot after Eduardo Vargas had been brought down in the area by David Ospina.

Just three minutes later and Jorge Valdivia set up Sanchez for Chile's second and the visitors were flying in the 29th minute when the Barcelona striker struck again, finishing off Marcos Gonzalez's pass.

The game turned around after the hour mark as Carmona received his second yellow card for halting a Colombia counter-attack by handling the ball.

Soon after Gutierrez struck from Pablo Armero's cut-back and in the 73rd minute Rodriguez went down easily under pressure from Francisco Silva and Falcao scored to make it 3-2.

Colombia's comeback was complete in the 84th minute when Rodriguez was brought down by Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Falcao again made no mistake from the spot.

The result leaves Chile with 25 points and in the fourth and last automatic qualifying position in South America.

Uruguay sit on 22 points after their 1-0 loss to Ecuador, who moved up to third on 25.

If the Ecuadorians draw with Chile on Tuesday they will both qualify for Brazil, while Uruguay will be consigned to an intercontinental playoff against Jordan.



Colombia

1
D. Ospina
Goalkeeper
18′
 - 
14
L. Perea
Defender
 - 
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
64′
 - 
-
Pablo Armero
Defender
14′
 - 
16
S. Medina
Defender
46′
 - 
14
A. Aguilar
Midfielder
46′
 - 
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
67′
 - 
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
48′
 - 
10
James Rodríguez
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
29
 - 

Chile

 - 
1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
82′
 - 
44
 - 
36
 - 
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
 - 
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
19′
 - 
17
Carlos Carmona
Midfielder
65′ 66′
 - 
33
 - 
10
J. Valdivia
Midfielder
61′
 - 
9
 - 
-
Edu Vargas
Striker
69′

Substitutes

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F. Mondragón
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
C. Vargas
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
22
 - 
13
A. Mejía
Midfielder
 - 
10
A. Ramírez
Midfielder
 - 
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
46′ 80′
 - 
17
J. Quintero
Midfielder
 - 
-
M. Torres
Midfielder
46′
 - 
9
Muriel
Striker
 - 
-
C. Bacca
Striker
67′
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
C. Toselli
Goalkeeper
 - 
25
J. Herrera
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
J. Rojas
Defender
53′
 - 
20
C. Aránguiz
Midfielder
 - 
7
David Pizarro
Midfielder
 - 
-
F. Gutiérrez
Midfielder
 - 
22
 - 
14
 - 
20
F. Silva
Midfielder
69′ 74′
 - 
26
H. Suazo
Striker
 - 
17
 - 
51

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 17
Times In MYT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
11 2
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
10 3
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
Striker
Monaco
9 3
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
9 0
Felipe Caicedo Felipe Caicedo
Striker
Al Jazira
7 4