BOGOTA - Colombia scored their first goals in six World Cup qualifiers to beat Bolivia 2-0 on Saturday and revive their hopes of reaching South Africa. Macnelly Torres, given the playmaker's role, broke the deadlock when he scored at the second attempt from Vladimir Marin's pass in the 26th minute on a wet night at El Campin. It was their first goal in the competition since the 1-1 draw in Peru last June. Since then, Colombia had drawn with Ecuador and Brazil and lost to Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, all without scoring. Substitute Wason Renteria made the game safe when he met Hugo Rodallega's cross with a diving header in the 88th minute. The win lifted Colombia, attempting to qualify for the first time since 1998, to sixth in the 10-team South American group with 14 points from 11 games. Bolivia are ninth with nine. The top four teams qualify for South Africa in 2010 and the fifth play off against the fourth team from the CONCACAF zone.
29 March 2009
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