Colombia got a huge upset 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday night. This was just a friendly, but it was an intense match.
Colombia was able to pull out this one with a gritty and opportunistic effort. Mexico enjoyed a huge advantage in possession, but Colombia made the most of theirs, while Mexico did nothing with their opportunities.
Tweets of the Night
Colombia’s offense made the most of their opportunities, and this fan points out how they did it.
i give much props to Colombia…Mexico’s young defense couldn’t handle them
— Oscar Enriquez (@MrTypo12) March 1, 2012
This fan definitely felt that Mexico’s overconfidence was its downfall.
Mexico came into this game thinking they were gonna be all over Colombia. Smh! Think again fools!
— Jenny Celina(@JOVEM_fe) March 1, 2012
This fan astutely points out that there was no lack of intensity for this friendly.
I thought this was a friendly game!!! Both Mexico and Colombia are taking this game extremely seriously!!!
— DC Poeta (@PabloDCPoeta) March 1, 2012
Falcao set the opportunistic tone for Columbia with this touch and goal.
Grades for Key Mexico Players
Guillermo Ochoa: C
Mexico needed their keeper to keep this score down, and he let them down. He finished with five saves and allowed two goals.
Giovani Dos Santos: D
The streaky Dos Santos spent the majority of this match pretending he wasn’t playing.
Javier Hernandez: C
Hernandez certainly wasn’t terrible in this match, but with the amount of possession Mexico enjoyed, he has to make something happen.
Grades for Key Columbia Players
David Ospina: B
Ospina did a fine job tending goal, and he got a shutout to show for it.
Radamel Falcao: A
Falcao was outstanding. He set the early tone with a goal, and kept the intensity up all match.
Dorlan Pabon: C
Pabon was shutout of this match. He played solidly, but failed to make an impact.
Deciding Factor: Attitude
Colombia came out intense and ready to strike. It took Mexico a while to match that intensity, and they could just never quite rise to Colombia’s level.
Stat of the Night: 4
That was the number of saves Ospina had to make to end with a shutout. A staggeringly low number considering they controlled over 65 percent of possession.
Game MVP: Radamel Falcao
Falcao was active all night, and instrumental to the Colombia attack. He got the team off to a fast start by netting the first goal, and made sure they wouldn’t let an opportunity for victory slide by.