2014 World Cup: James Rodriguez scores twice as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 in last-16 clash
James Rodriguez was the star of the show as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Brazil.
The FC Porto star scored with an outstanding 22-yard volley after 28 minutes of the round-of-16 clash at the Maracana, and then swept home a second from close range after five minutes of the second half to take charge of the race for the Golden Boot with five goals.
Uruguay, without the banned Luis Suarez, fought hard in an attempt to find a route back into the game after the break but Colombia – and particularly their goalkeeper David Ospina – held firm to book another all South America encounter with hosts Brazil in Fortaleza next Friday night.
This World Cup is unlikely to see a better goal than Rodriguez’s first in Rio. Having maneouvred himself into space centrally, he took Abel Aguilar’s pass on his chest 22 yards out and then volleyed a shot left-footed over the fingertips of Fernando Muslera, with the ball bouncing down in off the bar.
The decisive second goal arrived on 50 minutes. Teo Gutierrez started the move on the right before play was spread to Pablo Armero on the opposite flank.
His deep cross was headed back and down by Juan Cuadrado to the edge of the six-yard box where Rodriguez was lurking to score once more.