Soccer-Colombia score comfortable 3-1 win over Switzerland

MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) - Midfielder Jhon Viafara scored one goal and laid on another in the second half as Colombia romped to a 3-1 friendly win over Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland in Miami on Sunday.

Playing only their second match under new captain Alex Frei, who was substituted in the 65th minute, the Swiss were dominated throughout by their South American rivals who are preparing for the Copa America in Venezuela starting in June.

Striker Edixon Perea put Colombia ahead in the fifth minute with a neat finish that drew cheers from the stands in Miami’s largely empty Orange Bowl stadium.

A penalty by Frei in the 37th minute was saved by Miguel Calero, but the Colombian keeper was yellow-carded for moving early and Frei equalised with his second attempt a minute later.

Viafara restored Colombia’s lead in the 56th minute and was also on hand for a tidy pass in the 85th when forward Andres Chitiva sealed the win with an effortless finish.

“The spark was missing,” said Swiss midfielder Ricardo Cabanas, who acknowledged his team had been caught off guard by Colombia’s aggressiveness.

Switzerland had ended a run of three successive defeats with a 2-0 win over Jamaica in the first match of their tour of Florida in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.