Colombia secured their place in the knockout stages of the Copa America with a 2-0 victory over Bolivia in Santa Fe. The Colombians sealed their progression with top spot in Group A courtesy of two goals from Porto striker, Falcao. The forward, reportedly interested in a move to Chelsea to renew his links with former manager Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge, did little to harm his reputation with two examples of his goal-scoring prowess.
For the first, Falcao’s movement eluded the entire Bolivian back four, springing the offside trap to latch onto Dayro Moreno’s through ball. Falcao’s pace saw him race clear of the Bolivian defence, before clinically slotting left-footed past Carlos Arias in the Bolivia goal to give his side the lead. His second came from the penalty spot after Colombia left-back Pablo Armero was brought down by Santos Amador. Falcao duly converted from the spot, albeit with a hint of controversy, with his stalled run-up deceiving Arias, whose apparent brief protests proved to be in vain as Falcao achieved a brace for the first time on the international stage.
As Colombia saw out the match, Falcao continued to torment the Bolivian defence, finding himself presented with numerous opportunities to complete a hat-trick. While the Porto striker will be disappointed not to have taken his first international match ball, his fine display has served further notice of his ambition to become one of the world’s finest forwards. Having scored an outstanding 37 goals in 41 Porto appearances last season, including a record-breaking 16 Europa League strikes, Falcao continues to back up his belief that he is close to joining world football’s top bracket of hitmen.
Continually linked with a move to Chelsea, with Arsenal and Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested, the Porto forward was recently quoted as saying he feels he is now ready to move away from the Porto side which has helped his career catapult to the brink of new heights, recently declaring: ‘I
While any move to the superpowers of European football is by no means without intense pressure, Falcao continues to give himself the best possible chance to catch the eye of the big clubs by consistently answering each new challenge with the impressive form that has seen him thrive at all levels, from domestic football in Portugal, to the Europa League and now onto the international stage. He continues to impress in both his club and his country’s colours as he looks to earn a big-money move, with an apparent desire for a transfer to the Premier League. As Europe’s top table begin to prepare for the apparently inevitable race for his signature, the reported £27million release clause in Falcao’s Porto contract would currently appear to be a bargain.