Morata scores late as Spain draws with Colombia in friendly
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 4:19
Alvaro Morata stepped off the bench to extend Spain's unbeaten record under Julen Lopetegui by scoring a late equaliser in the 2-2 friendly draw against Colombia in Murcia.
Silva made amends in the 21st minute when he squeezed the ball past Ospina from Pedro's pulled-back pass to put Spain ahead. But Colombia equalized through Edwin Cardona in the 39th after a mistake by defenders Gerard Pique and Cesar Azpilicueta, who waited for each other to make a challenge and left the midfielder free to score from inside the area.
Silva, Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba were replaced at half-time by Spain and it appeared to have an immediate impact - but not the desired one - as Falcao put Colombia ahead. "We knew that it was going to be an intense match against a great team". We had it in the final few minutes, it got away from us but it's a good sign because it could easily be a match in the quarters or semis of a World Cup and we responded.
Early summer worldwide friendlies are a mixed bag of oddities, with squads often at less than full strength as players deal with niggling late-season injuries. The starters in the 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff - Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon - have yet to report to the national team.
Colombia, led by James Rodriguez and boosted by many Colombians in the southeastern city of Murcia, played well despite failing to hold on for the victory.
Colombia, meanwhile, remained unbeaten in seven friendlies played in Europe since coach Jose Pekerman took over five years ago.
Cuadrado had the first serious effort on goal as his long-range shot was spilled by Pepe Reina on a night to forget for the Napoli goalkeeper, but Falcao was flagged offside as he attempted to mop up the rebound.
There's a lot of exciting and entertaining talents in these teams, and they both feel like they have a point to prove in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers in their respective confederations.