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James keys Colombia's 4-2 friendly win over USA

AFP  |  Miami 

A Colombian team lead by roared past a game but inexperienced 4-2 on Thursday in an international friendly in Tampa,

James put the Cafeteros in the lead with a spectacular effort from the edge of the penalty area in the 36th minute, thrilling a largely pro-crowd at Stadium.

The responded with two goals in the space of three minutes by and early in the second half that gave the hosts a 2-1 lead. But rose to the challenge with goals from Carlos Bacca, and to secure the victory.

"I thought in moments it was good, moments we can do better," said US Michael Bradley, making his first international appearance since he captained the side that fell to the devastating loss at & Tobago one year and one day ago that saw the US miss this year's in

"The response at the beginning of the second half was pretty good," Bradley said.

"We let ourselves down a little bit towards the middle of the second half. Obviously they're a good team. They challenge you in different ways and obviously that's what these nights are about.

"It's experience, it's little by little guys understanding what nights like this are like," Bradley said of the learning curve facing Dave Sarachan's young side.

Colombia, meanwhile, drew on the world class talent of and James, who made his presence felt throughout as he returned to international duty.

had a chance in the fourth minute after got past and to fire in a pass to Falcao who fired high from the top of the area.

The threats kept coming and the pressure paid off in the 36th when James collected the ball on the right edge of the area and curled a left-footed shot into the far corner of Zack Steffen's net.

James nearly doubled the score five minutes later but his close-range shot was thwarted by a sliding

Unbowed, the grabbed the equalizer five minutes into the second half when Robinson's cross found an unmarked Acosta who fired past Colombian keeper

Wood struck just three minutes later after solid work by on the left side, but the US lead would be short-lived.

equalised three minutes later, and Falcao put ahead in the 74th on Falcao's side-footed a shot past Steffen.

Moments later Falcao exited for Borja, who added a final touch with an entertaining overhead kick that Steffen couldn't reel in.

Colombia's North American tour continues on Tuesday against at in Harrison New Jersey, when the United States will face in

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:30 IST