Colombia sink toothless Uruguay

Colombia sink toothless Uruguay
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates scoring

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 29, 2014. 00:03

A goal either side of the break from James Rodriquez secured a 2-0 win for Colombia over Uruguay in a 2014 World Cup tie at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

The win secured Los Cafeteros place in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history where they will now face hosts Brazil in Fortaleza for a place in the final four.

Diego Forlan filled in for the suspended Luis Suarez while Colombian head coach Jose Pekerman reverted back to the starting XI that won their opening two Group C matches with the exception of Jackson Martinez who was preferred to Victor Ibarbo.

Colombia enjoyed the upper-hand in the opening exchanges with James Rodriquez and Juan Zuniga forcing Fernando Muslera into action.

Rodriquez opened the scoring with arguably the goal of the tournament thus far, in the 28th minute of the hotly contested encounter.

The 22-year-old controlled the ball on his chest before striking an unstoppable left-footed volley from outside the area into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

The Monaco midfielder subsequently became the first player since 2002 to score in his first four games at the World Cup, the last to do so is Brazilian duo Ronaldo and Rivaldo.

Uruguay went in search of an immediate reply and went close via Edison Cavani who's 33rd minute free-kick from 25 yards sailed just over David Ospina's goal.

Alvaro Gonzalez forced Ospina into a fine save six minutes later, the Lazio midfielders strike through a sea of defenders looked destined for the back of the net, but Ospina was up to the task.

Colombia deserved 1-0 leaders at the break thanks to a wonder-strike from Rodriquez.

Rodriquez completed his brace five minutes into the second stanza.

Pablo Armero picked out Juan Cardado at the far post with a superb cross, who in-turn did very well to head the ball back into the centre for Rodriquez to tap in.

Uruguay, who were clearly missing Suarez' movement continued to try their luck from range, Cristian Rodriquez stinging attempt in the 64th minute forced Ospina into a fine save.

Ospina was again called into action in the 79th minute, this time the Los Cafeteros shot stopper did well to smother Maxi Perreira's effort from close range.

Uruguay showed no signs of giving up with Ospina doing well to keep out Cavani's rasping effort at his near post five minutes later.

La Celeste were unable to relive the magic of World Cup 1950 as the current Copa America champions bowed out of the tournament at the expense of their South America rivals.

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