FIFA 2014

Rodriguez’s doubles strike takes Colombia to World Cup quarters

Colombia claimed their first World Cup quarterfinals appearance and set up a clash with hosts Brazil

James Rodriguez scored twice as Colombia claimed their first World Cup quarterfinals appearance with a 2-0 win over two-time champions Uruguay and set up a clash with hosts Brazil, who edged out Chile 3-2 on penalties in the second round today.

The 22-year-old Rodriguez struck on both halves of the match to not only sent Uruguay home but also emerged as the leading goalscorer of the World Cup so far with five goals in four matches.

Rodriguez notched up one of the most magnificent goal of the World Cup in the 28th minute when he took the ball on his chest just outside the penalty area and spun in a flash before smashing it left-footed over the fingertips of Muslera.

Colombia had the majority of ball possession initially and even though Uruguay, sans banned Luis Suarez, tried to dominate in the fag end of the first half, the two-time winners could not get past the rival defensive line.

Rodriguez further piled up their agony when he doubled the lead in the 50th minute. Working the ball from the right, Pablo Armero feed Cuadrado, who headed the ball across the face of goal, where Rodriguez smashed it home.

At the Maracana, the second round match once again laid bare Uruguay’s dependence on striker Luiz Suarez, who was slapped a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

Uruguay looked toothless without Suarez and even though Edinson Cavani tried his best he failed to take the mantle from the Liverpool man.

Looking to wipe out the deficit, Cavani created an opportunity in the 84th minute when he struck a shot that was heading for the bottom corner but goalkeeper David Ospina got into position quickly to tip it around the post.

Ospina was kept busy by Uruguay but the goalkeeper successfully defended the shots from Alvaro Gonzalez, Cristian Rodriguez, Cavani and Maxi Pereira.

Uruguay’s J Gimenez and Diego Lugano and Colombia’s Pablo Armero were shown the yellow card during the match.

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