Late Farfan Goal Gifts Peru share of spoils vs. Colombia at Red Bull Arena

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – A Jefferson Farfan penalty cancelled out Carlos Bacca’s first half goal to end Tuesday’s Peru, Columbia encounter in a 1-1 draw.

Two Colombian defenders sandwiched the speedy Farfan in the area, gifting Peru a lifeline in an evenly fought match in Harrison, New Jersey. The former Schalke forward blasted his shot past David Ospina to earn the result. Bacca, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, opened the scoring in the 37th minute for Colombia, beating Pedro Gallese five hole.

Bacca pressured the Peruvian defense early and often managing a pair of quality chances inside the initial 15 minutes of the match, but came closest moments prior to his goal, rounding the keeper and sending his attempt out of bounds. Peru, meanwhile, managed a pair of half chances that were easily gobbled up by Ospina.

Colombia broke through in the 37th minute with Bacca expertly timing his run on net, springing the offside trap and beating Ospina for the lead. He followed that opportunity with a wasted chance that rolled safely from the Peruvian net. An Ospina save moments before the half nearly brought Peru level, but the rebound fell safely from the face of Ivan Bulos, sending Colombia up a goal at the half.

Bacca continued to lead the Colombian attack in the second half, forcing Peruvian keeper Gallese into a pair of saves in the 54th minute. However, it was Peru that clamped down in search of the equalizer which came in the form of a penalty. Kevin Balanta brought down Farfan in the box, allowing Peru to earn a draw against their South American rivals.