ROUND OF 16 – Colombia v Uruguay
The big questions around this match were all focused on a player who wouldn’t be there, Luis Suarez. How would the Uruguayans cope with his suspension? Could they win without him? Which is a shame as Colombia for me has been one of the stand out teams in the tournament so far.
At least the Uruguayans appeared to agree with me. They spent the first half playing deeply defensive with two rows of four across midfield and the back whenever the Colombians had the ball, which was a lot. By the end of the first half Colombia had dominated possession with 64% leaving Uruguay with only one shot on target.
Still this defensive line up almost worked, stifling a lot of the Colombian pace in attack. But it was no match from James Rodriguez. His 28th minute minute screamer put Colombia in the lead and consigned a Tim Cahill wonder-strike against the Dutch to a top 5 position in goal of the tournament stakes.
The 2nd half continued in the same vein until the 50th minute when Rodriguez, in the six yard box, found the back of the net ending a well worked play from the Colombians. The Uruguayans responded immediately with a double substitution and a change from a defensive mentality to a more attacking style. Whilst this did expose some Colombian defensive frailties, a superb goalkeeping performance by David Ospina ensured that the Uruguayans never looked likely to restore the deficit.
The result sets up a cracking quarter-final between Colombia and Brazil, definitely one not to miss.
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