Luis Sinisterra scored his first goal for Colombia in the early hours of Sunday morning as the Leeds United ace shone in a 4-1 friendly win against Guatemala in the USA.
Sinisterra, 23, was substituted into the game at half-time and took just over 10 minutes to find the back of the net after a hashed effort at goal by one of his teammates.
A low cross into the box evaded almost everyone before Sinisterra arrived from the right-wing to smash the ball into the back of the net and put Colombia 2-0 up. James Rodríguez Rafael Borre and Yaser Asprilla were also on the scoresheet for Colombia before Óscar Santis’ 90th-minute consolation goal for Guatemala.
Colombian newspapers have since reacted to Sinisterra’s goalscoring display and according to El Heraldo, the Leeds winger’s goal was “impossible” for Guatemala’s goalkeeper to save it.
El Colombiana did little more than note that it was Sinisterra’s first goal for his nation but El Espectador columnist Hernan Pelaez Restrepo says he sees the ex-Feyenoord ace as someone who has a big future with the country.
“Young players with more experience could be added to this group, such as Jorge Carrascal, Daniel Muñoz, Andrés Román, Jhon Lucumí, ‘Cucho’ Hernández, Satos Borré and, of course, Luis Díaz, Luis Sinisterra and John Arias.”
El Universal had the best reaction to Sinisterra’s performance, hailing his “beautiful goal” and adding that he’s “a great alternative in the attack of the Tricolor”.
You cannot stop Sinisterra from scoring right now.
He’s found the back of the net in each of his last three starts for Leeds against Barnsley, Everton and Brentford and he’s now scoring for the Colombia national team.
Sinisterra had only played five times for Colombia before his move to Leeds but there’s no doubt that his form in the Premier League, coupled with this goal against Guatemala, will improve his chances of becoming a first-team regular.
Unfortunately for Sinsiterra, Colombia didn’t qualify for the World Cup this winter in Qatar.
He only played four times in qualifying with both of his two starts resulting in wins over Bolivia and Venezuela.
Sinisterra also came off the bench in draws with Paraguay and Brazil but that wasn’t enough to help Colombia win qualification as they simply drew too many games to make the finals in Qatar.
There’s always 2026 though.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites could have a big Illan Meslier issue after what emerged on Saturday morning.