MADRID - Colombia's preparations for
July's Copa America were given a boost on Saturday when they
beat South American rivals Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly thanks to
goals from FC Porto's Fredy Guarin and Radamel Falcao Garcia.
In a scrappy game enlivened by a party atmosphere at
Atletico Madrid's Calderon stadium, Guarin (pictured) opened the scoring
with a well-taken freekick in the 24th minute.
Chances were scarce amid the din of vuvuzela trumpets, drums
and the occasional firecracker before Falcao Garcia raced clear
to double Colombia's lead in the 74th, rounding the goalkeeper
and firing into an empty net.
Passions were running high in the stands and there were some
minor scuffles between security guards and fans late in the game
that required the intervention of police officers.
Colombia's next match is a friendly against Chile in
Netherlands on Tuesday.
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