It was a hot and muggy Friday night in South Florida but a total of 34,048 soccer fans made their way to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens to see FIFA sweethearts, the Colombian National team play against the Venezuelan National Team.
Before things got heated on the soccer field, 23-year-old Venezuelan born and “American Idol” finalist Michelle Sussett had the honor of performing the United States National Anthem in front the yellow jersey filled stadium.
Also making an appearance was Dante Aristizabal, son of Colombian superstar Juanes, who walked out holding Colombian player Carlos Bacca’s hand for the team’s national anthem presentation.
The game began with “La Vinotinto” taking charged with a goal from Darwin Machis (11) early in the first four minutes of the game.
It seemed like Venezuela was overpowering the Cafeteros at times, but Colombia did not disappoint their cheering and enthusiastic fans, the team came back to tie the game in the second half with a goal from forward Radamel Falcao Garcia (9) in minute 55 and one from Yimmi Chara (17) in minute 90 giving Colombia the win.
Colombia now moves on to play Argentina in New Jersey next Tuesday, September 11th and Venezuela plays Panama on September 12th in Panama City.