Top 5 Colombia Team Goals of All Time
Brazil 2014 sees Colombia return to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the last three tournaments. With their attacking talent and flair, they are sure to entertain in Brazil. Here, Bleacher Report picks the five best team goals in Colombia's history, including examples of their trademark fluid passing and one acrobatic volley.
5. Radamel Falcao v Bolivia, World Cup Qualifier (2011)
1-1 with 20 seconds remaining in injury time in the Bolivian capital, La Paz. Then Radamel Falcao secured victory for Colombia. Falcao came off the bench to finish a quick counter-attack from Los Cafeteros after good work from James Rodriguez and Dorlan Pabon.
The goal was significant as it ensured Colombia began their 2014 World Cup campaign with a good win in a tough away fixture. From then, despite the chaos of the 96-day reign of coach Leonel Alvarez, Colombia hardly looked back.
4. Adolfo Valencia v Argentina, World Cup Qualifier (1993)
No compilation of Colombian goals could exclude a day forever etched in the memory of Colombian fans: 5 September, 1993. The location: el Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires. The score: 0-5.
Adolfo "El Tren" Valencia scored the final goal on 84 minutes, finishing a move that began with a nonchalantly stylish pass by Carlos Valderrama.
Argentine coach Alfio Basile commented: "I never want to think about that match again. It was a crime against nature, a day when I wanted to dig a hole in the ground and bury myself in it."
3. Victor Hugo Aristizabal v Chile, Friendly (1993)
Victor Hugo Aristizabal is fondly remembered by fans of the Colombian national team for three feats: six goals in Colombia's Copa America triumph in 2001, a hat-trick in Asuncion against Paraguay in 2002, and for this acrobatic goal against Chile back in 1993.
This was Colombia's golden generation of Rene "El Loco" Higuita, Andres Escobar, Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama, Freddy Rincon, Adolfo "El Tren" Valencia and Faustino "Tino" Asprilla. This goal typifies the exuberance and audacity they brought to the game.
2. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado v Mexico, Friendly (2012)
Flying winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado profited from a great team move, stretching out a leg to meet James Rodriguez's centre. This is neat passing at its best, appreciated by the crowd, who shouted 'ole' at every completed exchange.
1. Freddy Rincon v Germany, World Cup (1990)
Freddy Rincon's goal against Germany at the 1990 World Cup has gone down in Colombian folklore. Colombia, playing for a draw to qualify for the knockout stages, had just gone 1-0 down. Nevertheless, even in injury time, the team stayed true to their passing philosophy, and after Valderrama's neat turn and pass, Rincon's lung-busting run was found by the playmaker. Rincon applied the finish to a great move started from the back.