Ambitions from James Rodriguez and Macnelly Torres earned Colombia a win against Venezuela, but a pair of penalty misses leave a sour taste.
Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez had penalties saved but Colombia overcame struggling nine-man Venezuela 2-0 within a Globe Cup 2018 qualifier in the Estadio Metropolitano.
James ensured Colombia took an benefit into the interval, slotting household in the edge on the box inside the second minute of first-half stoppage time.
Colombia’s onslaught continued soon after the break as well as the property side had a possibility to place the match to bed when Wilker Angel was shown a second yellow card for fouling Bacca inside the region.
The striker saw his spot-kick saved by Venezuela goalkeeper Dani Hernandez, however the hosts kept the ball alive and James picked out Macnelly Torres to slot dwelling the second with nine minutes remaining.
Rolf Feltscher was also dismissed when he received a second booking for any pull on James, however the Real Madrid midfielder also failed to convert from 12 yards inside the 94th minute.
Nonetheless, Colombia had completed sufficient to secure a third successive victory in the CONMEBOL section, whilst Venezuela remain without the need of a win in seven.
Jose Pekerman’s group came charging out the blocks and had a trio of chances inside the opening 10 minutes, but Luis Muriel, Torres and Bacca all failed to convert.
Venezuela soon gained a footing in the match, but Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina kept them at bay using a pair of brilliant saves.
Immediately after leaping to his left to palm Juanpi’s 20-yard free-kick more than the leading, Ospina flung a left arm to Josef Martinez’s effort and produced enough speak to to send it wide from the upright.
But Colombia ensured it was they who broke the deadlock, James committing Feltscher upon getting Bacca’s pass and slotting in to the bottom corner.
The hosts continued to handle the match soon after the restart, and Muriel came close to adding the second when his cross-goal work in the left-hand side on the box shaded the far post.
Bacca was kept out twice by Hernandez prior to becoming afforded a golden opportunity to have around the scoresheet when he won a penalty from Angel, the Venezuela defender shown his second yellow card.
The striker’s spot-kick was tame and close to the keeper, who comfortably parried it to his right, but Colombia retained possession and worked the ball over to James on the correct, and he checked inside just before floating a cross to Torres for the second.
Roger Martinez was denied by Hernandez prior to Feltscher walked for pulling back James within a second bookable offence, though get in touch with appeared to be made outdoors the region.
But James failed to score the elusive third for the hosts, his low penalty saved after again by Hernandez, although this time he held on towards the ball.
Colombia travel to Manaus to play Brazil for their next outing on Wednesday, while Venezuela will face Argentina, without Angel or Feltscher on account of suspension.