Morata scores late as Spain draws with Colombia in friendly

  • Morata scores late as Spain draws with Colombia in friendly

Morata scores late as Spain draws with Colombia in friendly

The goal spared head coach Julen Lopetegui from his first defeat since succeeding Vicente del Bosque previous year, although it marked the first time that Spain have conceded two goals in a home match since a 3-2 win over Ivory Coast in 2006.

Alvaro Morata's 87th-minute equaliser has earned Spain a 2-2 draw against Colombia in their worldwide friendly at the Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia this evening.

But Colombia equalized through Edwin Cardona in the 39th after a mistake by defenders Gerard Pique and Cesar Azpilicueta, who waited for each other to make a challenge and left the midfielder free to score from inside the area.

Radamel Falcao gave Colombia its first lead in the 55th minute, off a corner kick from James.

However, the hosts rescued the draw late on as Morata's header saw Julen Lopetegui extend his unbeaten start as Spain manager to nine games. Neither team has quite been 100 percent pleased with their performances so far - even the Spain side that hasn't lost a match in 11 months. It was a good test.

"Every time I speak with a player on the pitch, I talk about football", Lopetegui said.

Early summer worldwide friendlies are a mixed bag of oddities, with squads often at less than full strength as players deal with niggling late-season injuries.

Falcao looked to have inflicted a rare home defeat on Spain when he powered home Rodriguez's corner 10 minutes into the second-half.

Fans of the Catalan side do not usually support Spain, the national team has not played in the Camp Nou for a couple of decades now and Pique takes the brunt of this. With his 55th minute go-ahead goal in an global friendly against Spain on Wednesday, Falcao became the cafeteros' all-time leading scorer in worldwide play.

While Colombia doesn't have another World Cup qualifier until August, Spain is tuning up to resume UEFA qualifying against Macedonia on Sunday.