Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is relishing the chance to lock horns with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao when the two countries meet in a friendly this Friday.

The clash will be a meeting of two in-form teams, with Colombia currently ranked fourth in FIFA's world rankings, in which Belgium are just one place behind in fifth.


Vermaelen, who has been on the fringes of the Arsenal team for much of the season, is now looking forward to proving himself capable of dealing with the unique threat Falcao poses.

The Belgian told RTBF: "Facing Falcao is beautiful.


"He has kept scoring for years. His presence on the opposing team makes this game even more interesting, especially for the defenders.

"It is also a good idea to play against teams from other continents in the world."

Falcao has been in lethal form for Monaco so far this season, scoring nine goals in 13 Ligue 1 games.

At international level the 27-year-old has won 48 caps for Colombia, finding the back of the net on 19 occasions.

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