Colombia Ease Into FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals

Colombia attacker James Rodriguez scored two goals, one arguably a contender for the best goal in the tournament so far, to send his side into the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals for the first time after a 2-0 victory over Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium on Saturday evening.  In the last eight the Colombians will lock horns with Brazil, who beat Chile in a penalty shooutout.  Moreover Los Cafeteros will have a hostile home crowd to contend with.

In the 28th minute Rodriguez scored the most dazzling of goals as he chested the ball down whit his back to goal well outside the area and immediately turned around and sent in a left-foot special to hit the underside of the crossbar and over the line.  It is a goal that will go down as one of the best goals of the tournament.  His opener in the first half ensured a 1-0 half-time lead for Jose Pekerman’s men.

Shortly after the break, he added the second one from close-range, proving he can score from five yards or 25.  Pablo Armero sent in a cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post who headed back across goal toward Rodriguez, who drilled it home from a few metres away.The Colombian hitman skyrocketed up the tournament’s scoring charts presently tallying at five goals from just four outings.

Colombia dominated a Uruguayan side that greatly appeared to be missing banned striker Luis Suarez.  Los Cafeteros will be looking to give the hosts a run for their money in the quarter-finals on July 4 in Fortaleza.  Some are already touting Pekerman’s side as the favourites.

Although Oscar Tabarez’s men attempted to make a comeback, it just did not work out especially due to the absence of Suarez.  South Africa 2010 player of the tournament Diego Forlan seems to have suffered the fate of time catching up to him and was even substituted as early as the 53rd minute.   Near the end of the clash that was mostly dictated by Colombia and when Rodriguez was taken off it was to a standing ovation to laud his performance that will leave Luiz Felipe Scolari slightly nervous.