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Colombia 3, Mexico 2

February 1, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Nestor Salazar scored in the 90th minute to give Colombia a 3-2 victory against Mexico on Wednesday night in a soccer exhibition.

Salazar, who replaced forward Carlos Castro in the 46th minute, stole the ball from defender Omar Blanco at midfield to start a solo counterattack.

Salazar drew goalkeeper Oscar Perez away from the net and scored from 16 yards inside the left post.

Mexico has lost three consecutive games and four of five. The Mexican national team has not won since defeating Trinidad and Tobago, 7-0, in World Cup qualifying Oct. 8.

Mexico’s Claudio Suarez began the scoring in the 10th minute. Luis Hernandez added a goal five minutes later for a 2-0 lead.

Colombia’s Gerardo Bedoya broke the shutout in the 40th minute, then Julian Vasquez tied the score in the 63rd minute.

Mexico played with 10 men after Pavel Pardo was ejected in the 85th minute for kicking Colombian midfielder Alexander Viveros.

Suarez played in his 151st game for Mexico to move into second place all-time in international appearances.

Suarez passed Lothar Matthaeus, who played for Germany 150 times. Egypt’s Hossam Hassan holds the record with 154 appearances.

Colombia travels to Miami to play the United States in an exhibition game Saturday. Mexico plays the United States on Feb. 28 at Columbus, Ohio, in the start of the regionals finals of World Cup qualifying and hopes to play an exhibition game against Canada before then.

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