This was a game that needed to take the eyes off Uruguay’s off the field problems with Luis Suarez, and it certainly did that.
Colombia started the better of the two, literally all over Uruguay, coming forward in waves really pushing Uruguay back. They forced great opportunities by getting fouled on the edge of the box by just being too fast for their opponents. Juan Camilo Zuniga was a particular highlight with mazy runs giving Uruguay all sorts of problems.
Finally Colombia’s breakthrough came through a special, special goal. The ball fell to James Rodriguez who chested it down on the edge of the box, and with his second touch volleyed it in off the bar, giving Fernando Muslera absolutely no hope. Goal of the World Cup so far.
Uruguay tried to make an instant reply, and played positively but Edinson Cavani blasted his free-kick over the bar. Moments later Alvaro Rafael Gonzalez went close with a great volley just inside the box and forced a brilliant save from David Ospina.
Colombia when into half time the far superior side and Uruguay had lots of work to do.
After the interval Colombia picked up where they left off and it only took five minutes for them to double their lead. In what was a really well worked goal, Rodriguez collected the ball with his back to goal and sprayed it out to Pablo Armero who delivers a great cross to the back post. Juan Caudrado could easily go for goal himself, unselfishly heads it back into the six-yard box where Rodriguez finishes well.
Uruguay tried their best to get back in the game with Maximiliano Pereira and Edinson Cavani both forcing good saves from David Ospina.
Colombia saw out the rest of the game relatively comfortably and reach the quarter finals in a World Cup for the very first time.