HARRISON, NJ (September 3, 2011) – Colombia defeated Honduras in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena on Saturday by a 2-0 score. Forward Teofilo Gutierrez scored both goals for Colombia, converting on a penalty in the 25 th minute before grabbing his second of the game in the 72 nd .
Colombia was the better of the two sides in the early going, and their constant pressure resulted in a number of scoring chances. Just six minutes in, midfielder Fredy Guarin rifled a long-range shot that forced Honduran netminder Noel Valladares to make a tough save. Eight minutes later, Colombia’s Dayro Moreno played a lofted pass into space behind the Honduras defense to Jackson Martinez, but Valladares did well again and made a kick save on a shot from about eight yards out.
In the 24 th minute, Colombia scored the game’s opening goal. Gutierrez was judged to have been fouled in the penalty area, and Colombia was awarded a penalty kick. Gutierrez was the one who stepped up and made no mistake, easily burying his shot into the back of the net.
Honduras’ best chance of the half came off the foot of fullback Maynor Figueroa. Figueroa danced into the center of the box around a number of Colombia defenders, but his shot from 12 yards out sailed just high over the crossbar.
Both teams were reduced to ten men early in the second half. Honduras was first to have a player sent off, as Hendry Thomas was shown his second yellow card of the game in the 51 st minute. They were not at a disadvantage for very long however, as Colombia’s Adrian Ramos was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge just three minutes later.
Colombia doubled its lead in the 72nd minute, and again it was Gutierrez who converted. Moreno got on the end of a cross from the left side of midfield, but his header from inside the box was saved by Valledares. The rebound fell into open space and Gutierrez was the first one there and slammed the ball into the vacant net.
Honduras 0, Colombia 2
September 3, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
COL: Teofilo Gutierrez (PK) 25’
COL: Teofilo Gutierrez (unassisted) 72’
COL: Teofilo Gutierrez (caution) 27’
HON: Hendry Thomas (caution) 43’
HON: Hendry Thomas (second caution, ejection) 51’
COL: Adrian Ramos (ejection) 54’
COL: Carlos Sanchez (caution) 60’
COL: Luis Amaranto Perea (caution) 65’
COL: Juan Cuadrado (caution) 90’+
Honduras – Noel Valladares (GK), Victor Bernardez, Jhony Leveron, Mauricio Sabillon (Allan Lalin 82’, Maynor Figueroa, Mario Martinez (Marvin Chavez 59’), Bonieck Garcia, Edder Delgado (Mariano Acevedo 83’), Hendry Thomas, Jerry Bengtson (Andy Najar 70’), Carlo Costly
Substitutes Not Used/Suplentes no usados: Marlon Licona (GK), Brayan Beckeles, Rommel Murillo, Mario Chavez, Arnold Peralta, Javier Portillo, Roger Rojas
Colombia – David Ospina (GK), Luis Armando Perea, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Camilo Zuniga, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarin, Carlos Sanchez (Gustavo Bolivar 82’), Dayro Moreno (Juan Cuadrado 74’) , Teofilo Gutierrez (Hugo Rodallega 77’), Jackson Martinez (Cristian Marrugo 61’), Adrian Ramos
Substitutes Not Used/Suplentes no usados: Luis Martinez, Cristian Zapata, Falcao Garcia