An extremely depleted Peru team ran out something that looked a bit like a B team to start their World Cup qualifying match against Colombia on Sunday. Jose Paolo Guerrero made a start and Jefferson Farfan eventually came off the bench, but Peru were without a number of other top players, and based on the lineups that the two teams fielded, it seemed unlikely that they would be able to grab a point or three.
Surprisingly, Peru were excellent in the first half. Colombia had very few ideas going forward and Peru looked dangerous on the counter. Unfortunately for the home fans, the Colombia back line and David Ospina were on their game, and Peru went into the locker room with nothing to show for their first half dominance.
Colombia scored early in the second half, and that goal would be all they needed to grab all three points. Porto star James Rodriguez was the scorer, netting for his side in the 50th minute to secure a massive road win. Colombia had gotten off to a rocky start in qualifying and certainly didn't play well in the first half, but grabbing a road win in Peru could provide them with a serious boost going forward.