That decision paid off in style. Asprilla scored a hat trick by the 49th minute -- a penalty followed by two headers. Newcastle eventually won the game 3-2, its first ever victory in the group stage of the competition. He later confessed that he was late that day because he was having sex with his English girlfriend.
Pablo Medina Uribe is a Colombian writer and a journalist who lives in New York City. He has investigated politics, sports and culture, and has published in Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. He also runs La Catedral, a blog about everything around football that is not actually the game. Follow him on Twitter: @derpoltergeist.