Saturday, 28 June 2014

WC 2014 LAST 16 - Colombia vs Uruguay, MATCH REPORT:

Hello again and welcome to my latest blog post - as I have a match report plus summary of the second match in the Last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After a dramatic end to an enthralling match between fellow South Americans Brazil and Chile; the host nation eventually progressed through to the quarter-finals after extra time and penalties. 

The winner of this match would be up against the hosts in the quarter-finals next week Friday, so there was obviously pressure on both teams to win.

Here are the other Last 16 matches to be played -

Netherlands vs Mexico and Costa Rica vs Greece - tomorrow

France vs Nigeria and Germany vs Algeria - both on Monday

Argentina vs Switzerland and Belgium vs USA - Tuesday

Here are the team line-ups for tonight's match:

Colombia: Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Aguilar, Sanchez Moreno, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Martinez and Gutierrez.

Subs: Vargas, Arias, Carbonero, Guarin, Ibarbo, Mejia, Balanta, Bacca, Ramos, Quintero, Valdes and Mondragon.

Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Rodriguez, Cavani and Forlan.

Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Gargano, Hernandez, Stuani, Lodeiro, Perez, Ramirez, Coates and Silva.


The best team won on the night, thanks to a great solo display by Monaco creative midfielder James Rodriguez.

Colombia were simply the better team when it came to the crunch, and Uruguay lacked any real attacking threat and were poor at the back - losing the ball in dangerous positions and failed to test their opposition until the final twenty minutes, when the game was virtually over by this point.

It was pretty evident from the start that Uruguay were missing a key player: Luis Suarez. 
Star man: Rodriguez was on top-form yet again for Colombia; scoring two goals in a fine display
He scored twice, including a stunning first-half strike on the volley from 25 yards out, which slammed off the crossbar and past Muslera into the net. 

The goal had everything; control, vision, swerve, power and a top-quality finish. Nothing Muslera could have done to stop the shot either.  

Fierce drive: Rodriguez with a goal of the tournament contender to give Colombia the lead
Unselfish play saw Cuadrado's cross fall into the path of his team-mate, to complete his brace
This result means that Colombia have now set up an interesting quarter-final fixture with Brazil, and it could have all the makings of a super match.

Tomorrow's Last 16 fixtures - 

Holland vs Mexico at 5pm, followed by Costa Rica vs Greece, at 9pm

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