HARRISON, N.J. – James Rodriguez scored in the 75th minute as Colombia beat the Canadian men’s national soccer team 1-0 on Tuesday in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Despite a valiant effort for 90 minutes, the Canadian men’s national team found that Colombia, complete with World Cup stars Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, were just too much to handle.
The Colombians brought pressure in the first half, but Benito Floro’s Canadian squad held well from the back-line, got world-class goalkeeping from Milan Borjan, and even pushed forward, earning a few set pieces.
Canada’s best chance, however, may have been negated by a non-call on Alexander Mejia, who appeared to take down forward Tosaint Ricketts.
Ricketts received an excellent through ball from Issey Nakajima-Farran, but the call wouldn’t go the way of Ricketts. Colombia toyed with the Canadian defence, but put nothing through for more than an hour.
Colombia finally scored when a quick restart off a free kick in the 75th minute, it was one touch to Rodriguez from Juan Quintero, and he needed only one touch before driving a bending ball from 25 yards out to beat Borjan.
After all of the fancy footwork from Colombia failed to beat the Canadians, it took all the might and craft of the world’s best striker to finally knock them down on Colombia’s fourth shot on target of the game.
Canada brought one last chance to the game in the 90th minute, with sub Luca Gasparatto finding an open shot just outside the box, only to force Camilo Vargas’ only save of the game. An ensuing free kick proved fruitless, and that was it for the Canadians.
With the loss, Canada dropped to 1-4-4 under Floro since his hiring in July of 2013.