Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao scores twice in Colombia win

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 14:  Radamel Falcao of Colombia celebrates the first goal during the international friendly match between Belgium and Colombia
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Radamel Falcao put his Manchester United struggles aside as he scored twice in Colombia's 6-0 friendly victory over Bahrain.

The striker has not started a match for United in over a month and has scored just four goals in 22 appearances while on loan from Monaco.

But he was an influential figure for World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia as he netted twice, captained the team and set up the opener for Carlos Bacca.

The 29-year-old scored in the 32nd and 36th minutes to take his tally to 23 in 55 internationals.

Falcao missed the World Cup in Brazil last year after knee ligament surgery and they were his first goals for the national team since a friendly against El Salvador in October.

He now sits one goal short of Arnoldo Iguaran's Colombia record of 24.

Adrian Ramos and debutants Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria added further goals in the final half hour for the visitors who were without World Cup ace James Rodriguez, who is coming back from a foot injury.

Elsewhere, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez was unable to spark a Chile comeback as they were beaten 2-0 by Iran.

Carlos Queiroz's side ran up a two-goal lead over a second string Chile side after 50 minutes through midfielders Javad Nekounam and Vahid Amiri in the Austrian town of Sankt Poelten.

A raft of changes in the second half, including the introduction of Sanchez, David Pizarro and Gary Medel, failed to stop Chile suffering a disappointing defeat.

The Chileans face Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday while Colombia round off their Middle East tour against Kuwait on Monday.

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