World Cup Soccer
 
               === Colombia rallies to clinch World Cup berth ===
 
 Barranquilla,  Colombia (Sports Network) - Colombia will be taking part in its
 first  World Cup  since 1998  after the  team came  from three  goals down  at
 halftime  on Friday  to earn a 3-3  home draw with Chile in CONMEBOL World Cup
 qualifying.
 
 The  visitors blitzed  Colombia with three goals in the opening 30 minutes and
 the  first came  in the  19th  minute through  Arturo Vidal,  who converted  a
 penalty  kick after  Eduardo Vargas  was brought  down by  Colombia goalkeeper
 David Ospina.
 
 Alexis  Sanchez  then scored  two goals in  the span of  seven minutes to give
 Chile a 3-0 lead and put the visitors in command of the match.
 
 However,  things  took a dramatic turn  in the 66th minute when Chile's Carlos
 Carmona received his second yellow card, reducing the team to 10 men.
 
 Colombia went on the attack after that and Teofile Gutierrez scored just three
 minutes later when he finished off a pass from Pablo Armero.
 
 James  Rodriguez drew a  foul inside the penalty area for Colombia in the 73rd
 and Radamel Falcao calmly dispatched the spot kick to make it 3-2.
 
 The  home side was now pressing for the equalizer and Rodriguez once again was
 at  the  center of things  when he was taken  down by Chile goalkeeper Claudio
 Bravo, with Falcao firing home his second penalty kick six minutes from time.
 
 Colombia sits in second place with 27 points and has now punched its ticket to
 Brazil,  while Chile  will host  Ecuador next  Tuesday in  the final  round of
 qualifiers with a draw clinching a spot in the World Cup for both teams.
 
 Ecuador  put itself in a good position with a 1-0 win over Uruguay courtesy of
 Jefferson Montero's first-half goal, which leaves Uruguay in fifth place.
 
 Argentina  has already clinched a spot in the World Cup and the team notched a
 3-1  win over  Peru on Friday behind  a pair of first-half goals from Ezequiel
 Lavezzi,  while the other match in the group saw Luis Seijas score in the 82nd
 minute to help Venezuela salvage a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.
 
 10/11 20:56:18 ET

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