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Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the Maracana, Rio
World Cup 2014: Colombia 2-0 Uruguay highlights

James Rodriguez confirmed his status as the World Cup's newest star with a virtuoso display as Colombia took advantage of Luis Suarez's absence to beat Uruguay in Rio.

As the controversial Liverpool striker watched back in Uruguay after being banned for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, 22-year-old Rodriguez elevated his name alongside Brazil hero Neymar and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

Suarez had been crucial to Uruguay's progress to the last 16 but Oscar Tabarez's side were struggling against the odds once Fifa imposed a nine-match international ban and four-month suspension from all football-related activity on their star striker.

If one superstar had left the stage, another has emerged as Monaco's Rodriguez volleyed arguably the goal of the tournament in the first half then crowned a superb team move for the second.

In the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao, the boyish Rodriguez has become Colombia's new pin-up and is making his mark on the global stage as the tournament's current top-scorer with five goals.

His side will now meet hosts Brazil in the quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday - and have shown they have the capacity to wreck the hopes of this football-mad nation.

Match facts
James Rodriguez is the first player to score in the first four games of a World Cup since Brazil's Ronaldo and Rivaldo in 2002.Rodriguez is also the first player to score in each of his first four World Cup games since Italy's Christian Vieri in 1998.
Colombia have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time in their history.Colombia have now won as many games at World Cup 2014 (3) as in their previous 13 games in the competition.
Colombia wideman Juan Cuadrado has now provided four assists at the 2014 World Cup - more than any other player.Cuadrado is the first player to reach four assists in one World Cup since Italy's Francesco Totti and Argentina's Juan Riquelme (also four) in 2006.

He may not have been inside the Maracana but Suarez was here in spirit as Uruguay fans showed solidarity with the shamed striker, sporting masks, brandishing flags of support and ensuring the game kicked off to the sound of his name.

But for all Tabarez's bold talk of using a perceived injustice to inspire his team, they never coped without Suarez's brilliance and Colombia's victory was thoroughly merited.

After the heat of the off-field debate, the game itself was actually threatening an anti-climax until the magical intervention of Rodriguez before the half-hour delivered yet another moment to illuminate this World Cup.

Rodriguez was aware enough to glance over his shoulder and check his own position and that of Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera before cushioning a header on his chest and striking a stunning 25-yard left-foot volley in off the bar.

World Cup moments: Commentator goes wild for Rodriguez

It was the most perfect combination of technique and talent, drawing gasps from around this iconic stadium when it was replayed on the four giant screens that hang from the roof of the vast bowl.

If his first goal was a testimony to his individual ability, the second five minutes after half-time was an illustration of Colombia's combination of talent and teamwork.

After a period of possession, Pablo Armero's cross found Juan Cuadrado, who showed great athleticism to guide his header into the path of Rodriguez, who made no mistake from eight yards.

Uruguay responded but their World Cup was over the horizon - although Maximiliano Pereira and Edinson Cavani forced fine saves from Colombia keeper David Ospina.

Rodriguez was removed in the closing minutes to conserve energy for the meeting with Brazil. He will pose a serious threat to Luiz Felipe Scolari's side - as will a highly impressive Colombia.

James Rodriguez
Rodriguez stuns the Maracana with his brilliant volleyed goal
Uruguay fans
Uruguay fans showed their support for banned striker Luis Suarez
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez takes the plaudits after his wonderful opening strike
James Rodriguez
Rodriguez celebrates his second goal with his team mates
Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani
Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani react to falling 2-0 behind
Colombia celebrate
Colombia celebrate their victory over Uruguay

Line-ups

Colombia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ospina
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 2Zapata
  • 3Yepes
  • 7ArmeroBooked at 77mins
  • 11Ju CuadradoSubstituted forGuarínat 81'minutes
  • 8Aguilar
  • 6C Sánchez
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forRamosat 85'minutes
  • 9GutiérrezSubstituted forMejíaat 68'minutes
  • 21Martínez

Substitutes

  • 4Arias
  • 5Carbonero
  • 12Vargas
  • 13Guarín
  • 14Ibarbo
  • 15Mejía
  • 16Balanta
  • 17Bacca
  • 19Ramos
  • 20Quintero
  • 22Mondragón
  • 23Valdés

Uruguay

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Muslera
  • 16Pereira
  • 13GiménezBooked at 55mins
  • 3Godín
  • 22Cáceres
  • 6PereiraSubstituted forRamírezat 53'minutes
  • 20GonzálezSubstituted forHernándezat 67'minutes
  • 17Arévalo Ríos
  • 7Rodríguez
  • 21Cavani
  • 10ForlánSubstituted forStuaniat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lugano
  • 4Fucile
  • 5Gargano
  • 8Hernández
  • 11Stuani
  • 12Muñoz
  • 14Lodeiro
  • 15Pérez
  • 18Ramírez
  • 19Coates
  • 23M Silva
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
73,804

Match Stats

Home TeamColombiaAway TeamUruguay
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colombia 2, Uruguay 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colombia 2, Uruguay 0.

  3. Post update

    Jackson Martínez (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Diego Godín (Uruguay).

  5. Post update

    Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

  8. Post update

    Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

  11. Post update

    Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross following a corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colombia. Adrián Ramos replaces James Rodríguez.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by David Ospina.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Fredy Guarín (Colombia).

  17. Post update

    Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colombia. Fredy Guarín replaces Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

  19. Post update

    Abel Aguilar (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Maxi Pereira (Uruguay).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32107257
2Mexico32104137
3Croatia31026603
4Cameroon300319-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands330010379
2Chile32015326
3Spain310247-33
4Australia300339-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33009279
2Greece311124-24
3Ivory Coast310245-13
4Japan301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica32104137
2Uruguay32014406
3Italy310223-13
4England301224-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32108267
2Switzerland32017616
3Ecuador31113304
4Honduras300318-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina33006339
2Nigeria31113304
3Bos-Herze31024403
4Iran301214-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32107257
2USA31114404
3Portugal311147-34
4Ghana301246-21

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium33004139
2Algeria31116514
3Russia302123-12
4South Korea301236-31
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