James Ro­driguez's dou­bles strike takes Colom­bia to Fifa ‘14 quar­ters

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POW­ERED by a spec­tac­u­lar brace from James Ro­driguez, Colom­bia showed the door to two-time cham­pi­ons Uruguay and set up a quar­ter­fi­nal clash with hosts Brazil, who scraped past a res­o­lute Chile on penal­ties in the last-16 stage of the FIFA World Cup.

The 22-year-old Ro­driguez struck in both halves of the match to not only send Uruguay home but also emerge as the leading goalscorer of the World Cup so far with five in four matches. The Colom­bians thus booked their maiden quar­ter­fi­nal berth in the big­gest tour­na­ment.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Brazil man­aged sneak into the lasteight, beat­ing Chile 3-2 on penal­ties af­ter the two teams were locked 1-1 af­ter the reg­u­la­tion and ex­tra time at Belo Hor­i­zonte.

The star of the day was, how­ever, Ro­driguez who notched up one of the most mag­nif­i­cent goals of the World Cup.

In the 28th minute, he took the ball on his chest just out­side the penalty area and spun in a flash be­fore smash­ing it left-footed over the fin­ger­tips of goal­keeper Muslera.

Colom­bia en­joyed ma­jor­ity of ball pos­ses­sion ini­tially and even though Uruguay, sans banned Luis Suarez, tried to dom­i­nate to­wards the fag end of the first half, the two-time win­ners could not get past the ri­val de­fen­sive line.

Ro­dríguez fur­ther piled up the agony for Uruguay when he dou­bled the lead in the 50th minute. Work­ing the ball from the right, Pablo Armero fed Cuadrado, who headed the ball across the face of goal, where Ro­driguez smashed it home.

Ear­lier, Brazil goal­keeper Julio Ce­sar saved Mauri­cio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez's at­tempts, while Gon­zalo Jara's shot hit the post af­ter the pre­quar­ter­fi­nal had been locked at 1-1 af­ter ex­tra time.

For five-time win­ners Brazil, David Luiz, Marcelo and Ney­mar were the scor­ers, while Wil­lian and Hulk missed out in the penalty shootout.

Chile, who were bid­ding to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals for the first time since host­ing the tour­na­ment in 1962, could have won the match in the last minute of ex­tra-time but Pinilla's shot crashed off the cross­bar.

Brazil too could have gone ahead in the 55th minute when Hulk had shot home a long ball from the left in the penalty area but English ref­eree Howard Webb dis­al­lowed the goal and rather booked Hulk for handball.

At the Mara­cana, the sec­ond round match once again laid bare Uruguay's de­pen­dence on striker Luiz Suarez, who was slapped a four­month ban for bit­ing Italy's Gior­gio Chiellini.

Uruguay looked tooth­less with­out Suarez and even though Edin­son Ca­vani tried his best he failed to take the man­tle from the Liver­pool man.

Look­ing to wipe out the deficit, Ca­vani cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity in the 84th minute when he struck a shot that was head­ing for the bot­tom cor­ner but goal­keeper David Ospina got into po­si­tion quickly to tip it around the post.—

Uruguay's goal­keeper Fer­nando Muslera de­flects a ball dur­ing the cru­cial match be­tween Colom­bia and Uruguay at the Mara­cana Sta­dium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—

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