Radamel Falcao scores twice as six-goal Colombia crush Bahrain, Chile lose to Iran
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Radamel Falcao scores twice as six-goal Colombia crush Bahrain, Chile lose to Iran

Fola Akintomide

Captain Radamel Falcao scored twice in five minutes as World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia crushed Bahrain 6-0 in a Copa America warm-up match at the National Stadium in Riffa on Thursday.

Colombia captain Radamel Falcao laid on an opening 14th-minute goal for strike partner Carlos Bacca then scored twice in five minutes, his first a sweet volley, as Colombia hardly broke sweat at Bahrain’s National Stadium in Riffa. Falcao, who is lacking regular first team football at Manchester United, leapt at his chance to lead his country’s attack and responded with goals in the 32nd and 36th minutes to take his tally to 23 in 55 internationals.

The striker, who missed the World Cup in Brazil last year after knee ligament surgery and last scored for the national team in a friendly against El Salvador in October, is one goal short of Arnoldo Iguaran’s Colombia record of 24. Adrian Ramos and debutants Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria added further goals in the final half hour for the visitors who were without World Cup ace James Rodriguez, who is coming back from a foot injury.

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