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0 vs 2
Played
February 29, 2012 8:00 PM EST
Sun Life Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
Referee:‬ T. Vaughn‎
Attendance:‬ 42000‎
 
 
 
90′ +4
And that's it. What an exciting match between two very technically gifted sides. Colombia's strong defense and execution in the final third won them the game.
 
90′ +2
Mexico is trying to spark a late charge. Colombia's defense continues to be resilient Peralta's header is stopped by Mosquera
 
89′
After a great game, Falcao comes off for Jackson Martinez.
 
88′
Substitution Radamel Falcao Jackson Martínez
 
87′
Colombia's defense has been great at intercepting loose balls tonight.
 
85′
Substitution Juan Cuadrado Elkin Soto
 
85′
Great instincts by Ospina!! As Juarez's free kick sails close to goal, the keeper punches away the attempt allowing Colombia to get possession again.
 
84′
Good opportunity here for Mexico to get back in with a close range free kick. Efraín Juárez takes the attempt.
 
81′
Substitution Quique Cameo E. Juárez
 
81′
Without any of its major attacking threats left in the game, Mexico's attack isn't as aggressive as it was in the first half.
 
80′
Substitution James Rodríguez Gio Moreno
 
78′
Both keepers have been active tonight, Ochoa has five saves and Ospina has four.
 
77′
Colombia is called offside as James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.
 
74′
Substitution Pablo Edson Barrera Damián Ariel Alvarez
 
73′
Chicharito had a solid performance but couldn't get past a frustrating Colombian defense.
 
72′
Substitution Javier Hernández O. Peralta
 
72′
Berrera is down and being brought to the sidelines. Looked like he tweaked his hamstring while fighting for the ball.
 
68′
Yellow Card L. Perea
 
68′
Mexico's attack is now picking up momentum. Lugo tried a long range shot but the ball sails about Ospina.
 
67′
Substitution A. Ramírez A. Aguilar
 
66′
Substitution J. Zavala E. Lugo
 
63′
Mexico looks almost demoralized by Colombia's two goals. The team looks lethargic.
 
60′
Substitution Giovani dos Santos M. Sabah
 
60′
Assist Pablo Armero
 
60′
Goal Juan Cuadrado
 
60′
Amazing Goal by Colombia!!! Cuadrado is left wide open on the right side of the goal post to score an easy finish. The play was sparked by an extremely accurate pass by left winger James Rodriguez who found Pablo Armero for the cross.
 
58′
Great save by Ochoa!!! The keeper blocks a pinpoint shot by Pabon. Great amount of technical skill being shown by both sides.
 
56′
Offsides called against Mexico after Chicharito goes a foot ahead.
 
54′
Mexico almost equalized after the Moreno's header off the corner sails out of bounds.
 
53′
Good set of movement by Chicarito creating space in the box earns El Tri a corner.
 
50′
Columbia's promising counterattack is stopped immediately as the referees call offsides.
 
46′
Substitution Jonathan Dos Santos Jorge Emmanuel Torres
 
46′
Interesting sub by Mexico's de la Torre, taking off Salcido for Torres.
 
46′
Interesting stats as the second half begins. Mexico had 67 percent of possession but Colombia had more shots 11 to 7.
 
45′
Second half begins as Mexico kicks off!!!
 
 
Players are back on the field and Mexico is about to kick off the second half.
 
45′ +1
First half comes to close. While Mexico has dominated in the midfield, Colombia's counterattack has been outstanding. Falcao has really displayed his class in this one so far.
 
45′
Yellow Card Pablo Edson Barrera
 
44′
Chicharito gets free past both the defense and goalkeeper but can't control the ball to to get in front of goal allowing Colombia to reorganize its defense. The Man U striker is clearly frustrated by the missed chance.
 
43′
Colombia almost scores again as Rodriguez takes a powerful shot from the midfield.
 
42′
Yellow Card Radamel Falcao
 
41′
Falcao almost creates another goal as he finds Pabon charging into goal but Ochoa intercepts.
 
38′
Can Mexico respond here? The team continues to be aggressive but has only put together one dangerous play that was blocked by the goal post.
 
36′
Assist D. Pabón
 
36′
Goal Radamel Falcao
GOAL!!!!!! Falcao gets into the box and scores a poachers effort from a miffed rebound on Ochoa's end after Cuadrado's shot. Great set of plays sparked by a free kick from Rodriguez.
 
36′
Yellow Card J. Zavala
 
30′
While Colombia continues to struggle with its possession, its counterattacks have been excellent. The team almost scored if it wasn't for the effort of Salcido to get the ball out of bounds.
 
26′
Carlos Sanchez tests Ochoa from long range blasting a shot from more than 30 yards out. That's not going to get past the goalkeeper.
 
24′
Mexico is called for offsides as Guardado got too aggressive in pushing forward
 
22′
Ospina is back on his feet.
 
20′
Ospina is counting his lucky stars. Zavala's sliding shot in the box ricocheted off the goal post. Yet on the ensuing play, the goalkeeper took a mean shot to the ribs and is being attended to by the medics.
 
18′
Both sides continue to battle it out in the middle of the park. Surprising that Colombia has had more shots on target than Mexico so far.
 
14′
Falcao beats Moreno in a heading situation and then finds Pabon who's shot just sails wide of Ochoa's post. Columbia is getting more aggressive on offense.
 
12′
In the opening 10 minutes, Mexico has dominated possession having the ball 60 percent of the time.
 
9′
First chance for Colombia comes as Pabon gets the ball just outside the box and shoots towards Ochoa. Easy save for the Ligue 1 keeper.
 
8′
Mexico's wingers have been able to penetrate easily. It will be interesting to see if they can create scoring chances.
 
7′
Another set of crazy events as Gio Dos Santos launches a cross that the Colombian goalkeeper is able to catch but Chicharito almost charges into the player.
 
4′
Crazy sequence as Guardado charges up the left flank and tries to play in Chicharito before getting intercepted. Jonathan Dos Santos gets involved and finds Salcido who strikes the ball far into the stands.
 
1′
So far Mexico is just moving the ball around in the back. Slow and steady to start.
 
 
Columbia kicks off the first half!!!
 
 
The national anthems of both countries are playing.
 
 
This match will mark the 28th encounter between the teams. El Tri holds the series advantage with a 12-9-6 record.
 
 
Big crowd in Miami and even Will Ferrell has made it to the game! Both teams feature top class forwards in Falcao and Chicharito.
 
 
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of tonight's match between Mexico and Colombia. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) and I will be providing you with my insights throughout the match.
 
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