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Falcao scores winner in Colombia's friendly win over Belgium

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Colombia striker Radamel Falcao rounds Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as he scores the opening goal of Colombia's 2-0 friendly victory on Thursday in Brussels.

BRUSSELS (AP) - Radamel Falcao led Colombia to a 2-0 victory over Belgium in a friendly between top-five teams on Thursday.

In a face-off between two potential stars of next year's World Cup, Falcao got the better of Eden Hazard, if only because of his decisive strike.

In the 52nd minute, Falcao broke open the tight game when he beat the offside trap and swerved past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to bury it deep in the net.

Skills run far deeper in the fourth-ranked Colombia team than Falcao, and Victor Ibarbo proved it in the 67th minute, controlling a pass with one foot in the penalty area before volleying it past Mignolet with his left to put the match away.

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