World Cup Brazil: The name is Rodriguez... James Rodriguez
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — It was a historic night for Colombia in the famous Maracana stadium. Thanks to super soccer talent
James Rodriguez, the
Colombian soccer teamwill play for the
first time in history in the quarterfinals of a World Cupsoccer tournament.
In a rather dull match, especially after the excitig soccer game between Brazil and Chile earlier in the evening, Colombia cried victory against Uruguay: 2-0.
Cuadrado and James Rodriguez celebrating 2-0
After almost half an hour, James Rodriguez scored a marvelous goal. Unfortunately, it was the only highlight of the first half.
The Colombian forward controlled the ball beautifully with his chest and from outside the penalty area Rodriguez kicked off the turn straight at the goal. A hard hit via the crossbar: 1-0.
In the second half, it was again James Rodriguez who quickly settled the score in favor of Colombia. This time it was a tap in after an assist from Cuadrado: 2-0. It was already the fifth goal at World Cup 2014 of Rodriguez.
Without the suspended Luis Suarez, Uruguay played literally like a toothless lion. Suarez' replacement Diego Forlán, 35 years now, made up the attacking duo together with
Edinson Cavani. While being the best player of World Cup 2010 in South Africa, in the match against Colombia Forlan played anonymously. In the second half he was substituted by Christian Stuani.
In the last 25 minutes of the soccer match in Rio de Janeiro, Colombia left the Uruguayans some space, but the southern neighbours of Brazil were too weak to impress the Colombian defense. Only 12 minutes from time Uruguay got a real opportunity. Goalkeeper David Ospina could save from a shot by Maxi Pereira, who received the ball with some luck.
In the 85th minute Ospina was back in action after a shot from Cavani, but that was pretty much the last achievement of the second soccer match in the
second round of 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Colombia and its Man of the Match James Rodriguez will play the quarterfinal against host team Brasil, next Friday in Fortaleza.
Matches & Standings Second Round - World Cup 2014