World Cup: James Rodriguez brace fires Colombia into quarterfinals

first_imgJames Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Colombia James Rodriguez scored twice to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Saturday. Colombia will play host Brazil in the last eight.Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and added the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the tournament’s biggest revelation.Uruguay, meanwhile, struggled badly in attack without Suarez and his replacement Diego Forlan was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was probably his final World Cup appearance.Team Line-ups(from):Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Maximiliano Pereira; Alvaro Pereira (Gaston Ramirez, 53rd), Alvaro Gonzalez (Abel Hernandez, 67th), Egidio Arevalo, Cristian Rodriguez; Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan (Christian Stuani, 53rd)Colombia: David Ospina; Juan Zuniga, Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero; Juan Cuadrado (Fredy Guarin, 81st), Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sanchez, James Rodriguez (Adrian Ramos, 85th); Teofilo Gutierrez (Alexander Mejia, 68th), Jackson Martinezlast_img

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