Colombia were given a bit of a gift in their World Cup qualifier by referee Victor Carillo, but they still earned all three points in Chile on Tuesday afternoon. They were stunned by a great goal by 10-man Chile late in the first half, but the second half completely belonged to them in a 3-1 victory.
The red card came out in the 34th minute, when Gary Medel and Luis Perea got into a shoving match. Perea took a dive and the referee decided to send off Medel after consulting with his assistant, even though both players were equally complicit in the altercation.
Chile still pushed forward with 10 men and surprisingly went ahead on a brilliant 41st minute strike by Matias Fernandez. He fired his team into the lead with a great goal from 25 yards out, taken after the ball deflected out towards him from the Colombia penalty area.
Instead of attempting to sit on his lead, Chile, and then subsequently, a potential draw, Claudio Borghi elected to make very aggressive subs. They didn't pay off. James Rodriguez equalized for Colombia with a great free kick in the 58th minute and Borghi responded by bringing on forward Junior Fernandez for wing back Mauricio Isla. He also pulled Humberto Suazo for Sebastian Pinto, making a striker-for-striker change. Those substitutions would backfire immensely.
In the 73rd minute, Radamel Falcao fired Colombia into the lead. Aldo Ramirez played him in with a long ball and he held off his defender expertly before finishing past Claudio Bravo. Three minutes later, he set up Teofilo Gutierrez for Colombia's third and clinching goal.
At that point, Jose Peckerman made a couple of defensive substitutions and Colombia saw the game out without too much incident, grabbing a massive away win that significantly increases their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.