Watch: Falcao sets record, Morata scores equalizer in Colombia, Spain's draw

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Wednesday June 7th, 2017

Two of the world's top teams squared off in Murcia, in the southeast of Spain, with Spain and Colombia playing to a 2-2 draw in a high-profile friendly to open up their international windows.

The talented sides had only met four times ever prior to Wednesday, the last coming in 2011, when Spain earned a 1-0 win on the strength of a David Silva goal.

It was Silva who scored the opener Wednesday, redirecting Pedro's cross by a diving David Ospina in the 22nd minute for the 31st goal of his international career. Only David Villa (59), Raul (44) and Fernando Torres (38) have more in Spain's national team history.

James Rodriguez, playing against some of his Real Madrid teammates, nearly equalized some 10 minutes later, but his cheeky, outside-of-the-boot chance from 18 yards curled just wide of the far post.

The equalizer came in the 39th minute, though, through Edwin Cardona, who took advantage of some slack defending by a pair of experienced starters. Cesar Azpilicueta, Gerard Pique and goalkeeper Pepe Reina all appeared to fail to communicate, allowing Cardona to flick home Colombia's opener with a high boot after Juan Cuadrado's innocuous ball forward. 

Radamel Falcao gave Colombia its first lead in the 55th minute, off a corner kick from James. The Monaco veteran out-leaped Spain defenders and Reina for the back-post header, putting Los Cafeteros ahead 2-1.

The goal was Falcao's 26th of his international career, breaking a tie at the top of Colombia's scoring charts with Arnoldo Iguaran.

It appeared that was going to be enough for Colombia to get the win, but Alvaro Morata, fresh off a Champions League final triumph with Real Madrid, scored on an expert header on a near-post run in the 87th minute to pull Spain level and secure a draw.

While Colombia doesn't have another World Cup qualifier until August, Spain is tuning up to resume UEFA qualifying against Macedonia on Sunday. Colombia will stick around in Spain to face Cameroon in another friendly next Tuesday.

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