Manchester United star Radamel Falcao made his long-awaited return to international football in the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time).
The striker was included in the Colombia squad to take on Brazil in a friendly international at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The 28-year-old did not start the match against the Selecao and came on for Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez in the 77th minute (click here to read more).
Falcao, though, did not have a great time on the pitch and missed a late chance to help Colombia earn a draw against their South American rivals.
The former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid star, who joined United on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day, failed to get his header from inside Brazil’s six-yard box on target in the 90th minute after connecting from a right-wing cross.
The ball went over the Brazil crossbar and with it Colombia’s chances of earning an equaliser, as Dunga’s side picked up a 1-0 victory in Miami against a team who were reduced to 10 men early in the second half due to the dismissal of Juan Cuadrado.
‘It’s always sad to leave with a loss, maybe a bit unfair given the game’, CNN quotes Falcao as telling reporters. ‘Colombia held on in the second half with one fewer player, and it’s difficult with the Brazilian team that has high-level players.
‘Neither side wanted to lose. Everyone was looking for a victory and that’s how it was. Neither gave anything away and everyone played to the very end’.