Thursday November 14, 2013 Friendlies Finished Koning Boudewijnstadion

Belgium 0 - 2 Colombia

  • Falcao 51’
  • Ibarbo 66’

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    Time:90'
    • Belgium
    • Colombia
    • 90'+4 And that's it - referee Clattenburg blows the whistle, and that was a very impressive second-half performance by Colombia. They will indeed be a force next summer.
    • 90'+3 Vertonghen launches a long cross-field pass and finds the chest of Fellaini, but the Manchester United man is flagged offside.
    • 90'+2 Colombia look happy just to run the clock down now.
    • 90'+1 Lukaku and Fellaini ferry the ball to Witsel on the edge of the area, but his curling shot goes well over.
    • 90' Belgium very close to a consolation - a long ball evades the Colombia defence, Mirallas just gets to it at the far post, but he pokes his shot wide.
    • 89' Ibarbo breaks into the area, but Alderwiereld blocks his progress.
    • 88' Colombia dominating the closing stages now - wouldn't be a surprise if they grab another one.
    • 87' Torres goes close, but his shot flashes across goal.
    • 86' Alderwiereld hurt himself blocking that one, but after a little attention he seems fine.
    • 85' Very close to another for Colombia - Martinez is set free down the middle, but Mignolet saves with his legs. Aguilar follows it up, but Alderwiereld blocks it well, otherwise that was going in.
    • 84' Subapalooza - Sanchez goes off, Alexander Mejia comes on for Colombia.
    • 83' Wicked cross from the left by Vertonghen, but it's headed clear before Lukaku can get to it.
    • 82' So close! Mertens cushions a pass beautifully with his chest and drifts into the area, opening up his body to shoot but it hits the inside tof the post and goes along the goal-line, and away.
    • 81' More sloppy defending leads to a shot from Martinez, who fires it straight at the keeper.
    • 80' Mertens himself takes the free-kick, but his effort is ludicrously ambitious from such a tight angle, and it flies out.
    • 79' Very close to a penalty, as Mertens goes down under a challenge from Arias right on the left edge of the area. The Colombian is booked, but it looks like the Belgian winger went down pretty easily there.
    • 78' A sub again! James goes off, the splendidly named Macnelly Torres comes on.
    • 77' Mertens makes his first move, cutting in from the left, but he's crowded out as he reaches the area.
    • 76' James creates some space for Guarin, but his cross from the right is poor and is quickly cleared.
    • 75' Sloppy now from Belgium - Dembele gives it away in midfield with his first involvement.
    • 74' And Benteke is going off, although he walked unaided, so don't get into too much of a tizz, Villa fans. Mousa Dembele comes on.
    • 73' Ooof - looks a bit nasty. Benteke collides with Sanchez and needs some treatment on his knee.
    • 72' Colombia seem to be dealing with all these changes better than the hosts - all sorts of holes seem to be popping up in the Belgian side.
    • 71' Guess what - another sub. This time Falcao is off, and Jackson Martinez comes on.
    • 70' Big claims for a Belgian penalty - Lukaku hits a cross against Zapata's hand, but it would have been very harsh to give that.
    • 69' Mirallas runs at the Colombia defence again, but his low cross is behind both strikers and it's cleared.
    • 68' Yet another substitution - Cuadrado goes off, and Fredy Guarin replaces him.
    • 67' Belgium can perhaps feel a little hard done-to here, but the Colombians have been ruthless.
    • 66' IBARBO MAKES IT TWO FOR COLOMBIA! And that was very simple. James swings over a cross from a free-kick on the left, Perera nods it back at the far post for Ibarbo, who shifts the ball inside and takes advantage of the space he is given to lash high into the net.
    • 65' More changes - Hazard is off, Dries Mertens comes on.
    • 64' Witsel side-foots a shot from the edge of the area, but it's straight at the keeper.
    • 63' Promising stuff from Belgium - Mirallas does seem to be causing some problems down the right, and Zapata is forced into a late saving tackle in order to stop an attack.
    • 62' Another change for Colombia - Ramirez goes off, to be replaced by Abel Aguilar.
    • 61' Ibarbo's first act is to give Vertonghen twisted blood on the right, but his tricks lead to nothing tangible.
    • 60' Mirallas' first involvement is to miscontrol as he tries to run down the right, and a promising attack stalls.
    • 59' Change for Colombia now - Muriel is off, and Cagliari's Victor Ibarbo comes on.
    • 58' Attacking changes for Belgium - Defour and De Bruyne go off, replaced by Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas. The crowd wake up a little after those subs.
    • 57 And another chance - Muriel should really have scored that, finding himself just eight yards out, but his shot is dragged wide.
    • 56' Another chance for Colombia - Cuadrado cuts in from the left and shoots, but it's blocked by Vertonghen.
    • 55' The corner comes to nothing, and Munier has to stop a Colombia counter-attack.
    • 54' Belgium look to grab a quick equaliser - Benteke lays it off to De Bruyne in the right channel, and he wins a corner.
    • 53' Muriel tries to double the advantage straight away, but his shot is weak and is blocked.
    • 52' That really was poor defending by Munier - he was lagging a good three or four yards behind the rest of his defence, allowing Falcao to make his run.
    • 51' GOAL! FALCAO GIVES COLOMBIA THE LEAD! And that was very simple. Falcao is set clear by a neat James pass, with the hitherto impressive Munier playing him well onside. He takes it round Courtois, who gets a hand to it but not enough to stop the striker who knocks it into the empty net.
    • 49' Hazard is sitting in the middle of the pitch, doing up his boot laces. Casual.
    • 48' From the resultant corner, De Bruyne swings over a dangerous cross, but it's headed clear.
    • 47' Another chance for Benteke - a long ball forward is laid-off by Defour into the path of the onrushing forward, but his shot is deflected over the bar by Perera.
    • 46' De Bruyne seems to have switched to the left, and he tries to make a break down that flank, but nothing comes of it.
    • 21:04 And the vistors wander on too. No subs from them either.
    • 21:02 The teams are coming back out for the second half. No changes by Belgium yet.
    • 45'+1 And nothing happens in that one minute - it's half-time, and hopefully this game improves in the second 45 minutes. Join us in about 15 minutes for that.
    • 45' Just the one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
    • 44' Lovely bit of defending from Zapata - it looked like he'd left a through-ball and Benteke was away, but the Colombian casually turned and brought the ball out, with nary a care in the world. Smoothly done, sir.
    • 43' Armero puts a cross in from the left and now it's Falcao's turn to misjudge a leap and his header skews away harmlessly.
    • 42' Muriel delivers from the left but it's easily cleared. The camera keeps cutting to Jose Mourinho in the crowd, presumably because it's largely more interesting than anything happening on the pitch.
    • 41' Chance for Colombia to create something as they win a corner.
    • 40' More japes in the air from Benteke - De Bruyne floats over a cross to the far post and, rather than going for goal, Benteke heads it back towards the edge of the area...where absolutely nobody waits. Wasted opportunity.
    • 39' A chance! Fellaini finds some space in the right-hand channel and crosses for Benteke, who gets up but seems to get in something of a tangle and times the jump badly, thus the header goes wide.
    • 38' Actually, stop panicking Gooners - Vermaelen seems fine.
    • 37' Armero aims a cross at Falcao, but Vermaelen easily heads it clear. Bad news for Arsenal fans though, as it looks like the defender went over on his ankle while doing so.
    • 36' James Rodriguez drifts inside to try and create something, but his chipped pass aimed down the left comes to nought.
    • 35' There's a man with a spectacular curly moustache in the crowd. Alas, there's not much else happening on the pitch to discuss at present.
    • 34' De Bruyne again tries to drive into the box, but this time it's Muriel, helping out his defence, who stops the winger.
    • 33' Falcao is down after being absolutely wiped out by Fellaini, but the people of Monaco can relax - he's up and fine and playing on.
    • 32' The ball is delivered into the box, Fellaini flicks it up with his heel but Vertonghen can't get any power behind the header and it loops out.
    • 31' Hazard goes to ground rather easily, giving Belgium another free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 30' And still they knock it around, pausing only for a free-kick awarded to Benteke.
    • 29' It's the Belgians' turn to knock it around soporifically. Nice this, that they're taking turns.
    • 28' De Bruyne breaks into the box, but his attack is stopped by Zapata.
    • 27' Getting a little bit scrappy now. Cuadrado (who has been virtually anonymous) barges Hazard to the ground.
    • 26' Looking at the replay, that should definitely have been a spot-kick. Colombia lucky to get away with one there.
    • 25' The corner comes to nothing, but Belgium have a big shout for a penalty after Benteke goes down in the box under the challenge from Arias, but Clattenburg says no dice.
    • 24' Meunier nwo runs down the right, beats one man but then he's tackled and it's out for a corner.
    • 23' Defour attempts a chip down the line, but it's easily cut-out and another attack fizzles.
    • 22' Muriel looks for some space, but Defour closes him down well and a promising attack is forced back into Colombia's half.
    • 21' De Bruyne shifts the angle for Vertonghen to blast one, but he blasts it too much and it goes high and wide.
    • 20' Free-kick to Belgium in a very dangerous position. Perera barges into Benteke's back right on the 18-yard line, to the right of goal, and Vertonghen & De Bruyne are lining it up.
    • 19' Now it's Colombia's turn to try and gain some control by passing round the defence.
    • 18' Hazard wriggles down the left and goes down looking for a foul, but referee Mark Clattenburg tells him to get off his bottom.
    • 17' Hazard plays a neat pass for the run of Benteke, but after some more nice interplay involving Fellaini, the ball is cleared.
    • 16' Arias crosses low looking for Falcao, but the striker can't quite get there and it's another goal-kick.
    • 15' Muriel tries a cross from the left but shanks it badly and it sails out for goal-kick.
    • 14' So far this one hasn't exactly lived up to its billing, but at least the crowd sound delighted to be there.
    • 13' Sanchez chips out to the left looking for Muriel, but the pass is too long and it's a Belgium throw.
    • 12' Hazard dances infield and skips past a couple of Colombians, then feeds De Bruyne on the right, but his low cross hits the first man and goes out for a corner.
    • 11' Belgium just knocking the ball around in their own half now, trying to get a grip on the game.
    • 10' Axel Witsel goes down under a heavy challenge holding his face, but the midfielder looks OK to continue.
    • 9' Very nearly some confusion in the Belgian defence, as Thomas Vermaelen and Thibaut Cortois only just untangle themselves in time to clear the ball with Luis Muriel lurking.
    • 8' De Bruyne takes the kick himself and swings it over to the far post, but it's too far and goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 7' Play switches to the left, where this time it's De Bruyne who goes down under a challenge. Free-kick in a dangerous place.
    • 6' Steven Defour wins a free-kick on the right, but nothing comes of it.
    • 5' Big chance for Belgium - Thomas Meunier runs down the right and crosses into the area where Christian Benteke is free, but the Villa man heads wide of the far post. Should have done better there.
    • 4' Fellaini tries to set De Bruyne free down the right, but he fouls Armero and a free-kick is given.
    • 3' Jan Vertonghen wins a free-kick after being fouled by Perera on the Belgium left, but they don't manage to do anything constructive with it.
    • 2' Colombia launch the first attack down the right, and Perera tries a cross looking for Falcao, but it doesn't beat the first man.
    • 1' And we're off - Colombia get us underway.
    • 19:59 The teams are out and the national anthems have been played, the Belgian one in particular being a jaunty little number.
    • 19:53 Excitment in the crowd as Jose Mourinho has apparently arrived, presumably to take a look at Kevin De Bruyne (as he hasn't seen much of him at Chelsea this season) and Eden Hazard. No doubt someone will claim he's scouting Falcao.
    • 19:49 Tip for you - the big man up front for Colombia is pretty handy. Radamel someone. He's decent - big future for him.
    • 19:42 As far as a bet for tonight goes - Belgium are evens, the draw is 5/2 and Colombia are 3/1.
    • 19:34 If you fancied a longish-term bet, Belgium are 16/1 to win the tournament in Brazil, while Colombia are 25/1, which given looks like a pretty decent each-way dabble.
    • 19:33 This is of course a game between two sides that many have been calling dark horses for next year's World Cup for so long that they are no longer dark horses. They're just horses. Quite bright horses, actually.
    • 19:23 We'll have the subs for you shortly. Meanwhile, here's Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, who thinks Kevin De Bruyne needs to leave Chelsea. "My request is that Kevin De Bruyne plays regular first-team football," Wilmots told Sport Bild. "Everyone knows what he is capable of. Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke."
    • 19:20 COLOMBIA: Mondragón; Arias, Perea, Zapata, Armero; Sánchez, Aldo Leao; Cuadrado, James; Falcao, Muriel.
    • 19:14 BELGIUM: Mignolet, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Meunier, Witsel, Defour, Fellaini, Hazard, De Bruyne, Benteke.
    • 19:10 Evening everyone, and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of this international friendly between Belgium and Colombia. We'll have some team news for you shortly.
  • Summary

    • 79' Very close to a penalty, as Mertens goes down under a challenge from Arias right on the left edge of the area. The Colombian is booked, but it looks like the Belgian winger went down pretty easily there.
    • 66' IBARBO MAKES IT TWO FOR COLOMBIA! And that was very simple. James swings over a cross from a free-kick on the left, Perera nods it back at the far post for Ibarbo, who shifts the ball inside and takes advantage of the space he is given to lash high into the net.
    • 51' GOAL! FALCAO GIVES COLOMBIA THE LEAD! And that was very simple. Falcao is set clear by a neat James pass, with the hitherto impressive Munier playing him well onside. He takes it round Courtois, who gets a hand to it but not enough to stop the striker who knocks it into the empty net.

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    Manager: Marc Wilmots

  • Colombia

    Manager: José Pekerman

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