Cardona strikes late as Colombia down valiant Bolivia

Edwin Cardona celebrates after netting Colombia's late winner Source: AAP

Substitute Edwin Cardona broke Bolivia's hearts as his injury-time goal earned Colombia a dramatic and potentially crucial 3-2 win in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Bolivia had fought back valiantly from a two-goal half-time deficit in the punishing La Paz altitude, but Cardona kept his cool in the closing stages to slot past Romel Quinonez in the Bolivia goal.

Colombia were in cruise control at half-time as James Rodriguez set aside criticism of his form at Real Madrid to score the opener from Carlos Bacca's assist, before returning the favour for the AC Milan striker to make it 2-0.

However, Bolivia were rewarded for a fast start in the second half when Juan Arce halved the deficit from the penalty spot and Alejandro Chumacero levelled with a superb strike from the edge of the box just before the hour.

The visitors weathered a second-half storm, though, and Cardona's late intervention helped them move on to seven points from five matches in the CONMEBOL qualifying group for Russia 2018. Bolivia remain on three points.

Ecuador salvaged a 2-2 draw at home against Parguay with a contentious goal two minutes into time added on.


Enner Valencia gave the hosts the lead on 20 minutes before the visitors replied on 38 minutes through Dario Lezcano.

Lezcano doubled his tally on 58 minutes to put Paraguay 2-1 up but with the clock ticking a through put Angel Mena clear n goal and he made no mistake - although replays showed he was in an off-side position when the pass was made.

The draw takes top of the table Ecuador to 13 points from five game while Paraguay is on eight points.

Source Omnisport