29 June 2014 | News Comments

James hits wonder-goal as Colombia beat Uruguay

World Cup 1/8 finals 28 June 2014 Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho Maracana Finished

Colombia 2 - 0 Uruguay
James Rodriguez 28'
James Rodriguez 50'
Diego Forlan 53'
Cristian Stuani 53'
Alvaro Pereira 53'
Gaston Ramirez 53'
Jose Gimenez 55'
Alvaro Gonzalez 67'
Abel Hernandez 67'
Teofilo Gutierrez 68'
Alexander Mejia 68'
Diego Lugano 77'
Pablo Armero 78'
Juan Cuadrado 81'
Fredy Guarin 81'
James Rodriguez 85'
Adrian Ramos 85'

James Rodriguez scored a contender for goal of the tournament and put the finishing touch to a sweet, flowing attacking raid as Colombia beat a toothless Uruguay 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Colombia will now play hosts Brazil in the last eight in Fortaleza on 4 July and on the comparative display of the two sides on Saturday when Brazil squeezed past Chile on penalties in their last-16 match, Colombia should fancy their chances.

While banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez might have been the talk of the match beforehand, 22-year-old Rodriguez was the name on everyone's lips at the Maracana at the end after scoring a truly stunning opening goal after 28 minutes and becoming the tournament's top scorer after 50 minutes with his fifth goal in four games.

While his first was down to individual brilliance, his second rounded off a beautifully-worked team effort.

Without Suarez, banned by FIFA for biting, Uruguay had no way back.

The opener came when Uruguay only half-cleared the ball as far as Carlos Sanchez, lurking alone in midfield.

He instinctively headed it back in Rodriguez's direction and the next few seconds seem destined to enter World Cup folklore.

Cushioning the ball on his chest with his back to the goal the striker, who cost AS Monaco €45.0m when they signed him from Porto last year, swivelled and shot with his left foot in one movement, powering the ball in off the bar from 20 metres.

Although the ball brushed Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera's fingertips on its way in, he had no chance of saving it.

It was a goal that was completely out of keeping with the opening phase of the game which saw both teams hesitantly stutter around without either creating any meaningful attacks.

Five minutes after half-time a cross from Pablo Armero was headed back across goal at the far post by Juan Cuadrado for Rodriguez to tap in the goal which effectively sealed the win.

Statistics

Possession

Uruguay | 46% Colombia | 54%

Shots on target

Uruguay | 5 Colombia | 7

Shots off target

Uruguay | 8 Colombia | 2

Fouls

Uruguay | 17 Colombia | 19

Throw ins

Uruguay | 12 Colombia | 10

Offsides

Uruguay | 1 Colombia | 1

Yellow cards

Uruguay | 2 Colombia | 1

Red cards

Uruguay | 0 Colombia | 0

Corners

Uruguay | 5 Colombia | 3

Counter attacks

Uruguay | 0 Colombia | 0

Blocked Shots

Uruguay | 4 Colombia | 1