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World Cup 2014: Colombia Defeats Uruguay, 2-0

World Cup 2014: Colombia Defeats Uruguay, 2-0

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 28, 2014

Two goals from James Rodriguez gave Colombia a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon, and sent Colombia into the quarterfinals for the first time.

Before the game, most of the discussion had centered on banished Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. At the final whistle, there was a new name on everybody’s lips: James, who opened the scoring with a fantastic chest, turn and volley move from 25 yards in the 28th minute.

The goal came at the end of a cagey spell of play, in which the Colombians had struggled to break down an obdurate Uruguay defense.

Five minutes after the interval, individual brillance was replaced by a fine team goal that effectively killed the game as a contest.

Defender Pablo Armero gathered the ball on the left, crossed goalward to the far post, Juan Cuadrado sent a downward header back across the box for James to drive home from close range. James becomes the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals; ahead of Brazil’s Neymar, Argentina’s Leo Messi and Thomas Muller of Germany, who have four goals apiece.

Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals in Fortaleza on Friday. The host nation defeated Chile on penalties after a 1-1 tie in Belo Horizonte.

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