James Rodriguez scored two goals to spark Colombia past Uruguay 2-0 in the teams’ Round of 16 match at the FIFA World Cup on Saturday.
With five goals, the 22-year-old Rodriguez took over the scoring lead for the tournament, and is easily the breakout star of the World Cup.
The first of his markers may stand as the goal of the tournament – a powerful left-footed volley that bounced off the crossbar and into the net.
Colombia enters the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history, and will play the hosts Brazil next.
Uruguay was without striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for the tournament after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
You’re going to want to watch Rodriguez’s goal a few times. So we’ve saved you the trouble by embedding it below. Anyone on mobile can tap here to see it.
Man of the match
James Rodriguez. This kid may just win tournament MVP if he keeps this up.
It was a good day for…
Bite-free soccer. Nobody was bitten in the making of this match. But that didn’t stop people from supporting biters.
Colombia has won more matches at this year’s World Cup (four) than in its previous 13 matches in the tournament (three).
They said it
"It's historic, a dream come true: I always wanted to score in the Maracana and now I have … Uruguay had a lot of men behind the ball, so we needed plenty of movement up front and we got it. Now things are going to get even harder, but we can go far." — James Rodriguez
"We knew Colombia had a very good side, one that is able to keep possession and featuring very good players who contribute to the team … we had to take risks to reduce the deficit, but we came up against a 'keeper who performed extraordinarily well and didn't let us back into the match. But I'm proud of these players: once again they showed character and gave it their all." — Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay manager
What this means
In form, cohesive, and absolutely flying, Colombia should (and will) fully believe it can get past a shaky Brazil in the quarter-finals on Friday (CBC TV, cbc.cafifaworldcup, 4 p.m. ET). Either way, we’re already looking at this clash as the match of the quarter-finals.
It seemed like Uruguay was eliminated as soon as the Suarez suspension was announced, and that was confirmed on Saturday. Without Suarez in its lineup, Uruguay looked like a different team. The tournament may be over, but the team will likely be dogged by its star’s actions for a long time to come.