SANTA CLARA –– A different type of football was played at Levi’s Stadium on Tuesday night, as Colombia’s national soccer team scored three unanswered goals in a come-from-behind victory to beat Mexico 3-2 in front of a crowd of 67,311 people.
Colombia erased its two-goal deficit in the second half courtesy of Luis Sinisterra. In the 48th minute, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado sailed a penalty kick directly to Sinsterra, who headed the ball past veteran Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Two minutes later, Sinisterra scored again to tie the game on a one-time shot off an assist from Jorge Carrascal.
Colombia took the 3-2 lead in the 67th minute on a booming volley from Wilmar Barrios out of the reach of a diving Ochoa to silence the Mexico-heavy crowd.
“El Tri’ was awarded a penalty kick in the fourth minute when Colombia’s Luis Diaz shoved Carlos Antuna to the ground. Alexis Vega converted the penalty kick by placing it just past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
Mexico made it 2-0 in the 28th minute when a pass by Erick Gutierrez was screened by Vega, catching Colombia’s defense sleeping and leaving Gerardo Arteaga wide open, allowing him to bend the ball into the top left corner easily.
The game was Mexico’s last stop in the United States in preparation for the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18. Mexico beat Peru and Paraguay in its previous two matches of the United States tour. Mexico’s next preparation game will be played Nov. 9 against Iraq at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi in Girona, Spain.