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Radamel Falcao produces terrible shot against Brazil

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Future Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao followed up his dismal performance against Venezuela with an equally disappointing performance against Brazil on Wednesday night.

The Colombia international, 29, received a humiliating 2/10 rating from Spanish newspaper Marca for his horror show last weekend - but last night's display was only marginally better.

Falcao started the match, to the surprise of some Colombian supporters, but lasted just 69 minutes before he was subbed off for Víctor Ibarbo. The striker's most embarrassing moment came in the first half, when he produced a horrendous shot from 25 yards which cleared the barrier that separates the crowd from the pitch. (To see the shot, scroll down to the video and skip to 1 min 52 secs).

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It summed up Falcao's performance, his Copa America so far and, indeed, his career since suffering that serious knee injury in January 2014.

Three years ago Falcao was widely regarded as one of the best - if not the best - number nine in world football. But he showed during his ill-fated season-long loan with Manchester United last season that he is worryingly short of form, fitness and confidence.

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Mourinho confident he can help Falcao

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced he can bring the best out of the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid superstar, telling reporters last week he will do everything in his power to help the South American forward hit top gear again.

"If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it," Mourinho told DirecTV Sports, according to BBC Sport. "It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United."

Chelsea fans should be worried

But the Falcao we saw at Manchester United is the same Falcao we're seeing for Colombia at the Copa America in Chile.

The video above shows precisely what Falcao managed to achieve over the course of the 90 minutes: effectively nothing, aside from some reasonably good movement and a willingness to run the channels.

While Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the world's best coaches, he's not a miracle worker.

Signing Falcao on a season-long loan is a gamble - although the fact Diego Costa will remain the first-choice striker at Stamford Bridge means it won't matter too much if he flops.

Still, it's understood that Chelsea will pay Falcao an inexplicably generous £130,000-a-week contract. This is a striker, remember, who found the net on just four occasions in nine months with Manchester United.

Some Chelsea fans are concerned about the imminent arrival of Falcao - and it's not hard to understand why.

Are Chelsea making a big mistake signing Radamel Falcao? Is he capable of proving his doubters wrong next season? Have your say in the comments below!

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