Colombia 2 0 Uruguay
28th Jun 2014 - 21:00
Round of 16

James Rodriguez confirmed his status as the World Cup’s newest star with a virtuoso display as Colombia took advantage of Luis Suarez’s absence to beat Uruguay in Rio.

As the controversial Liverpool striker watched back in Uruguay after being banned for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, 22-year-old Rodriguez elevated his name alongside Brazil hero Neymar and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

Suarez had been crucial to Uruguay’s progress to the last 16 but Oscar Tabarez’s side were struggling against the odds once Fifa imposed a nine-match international ban and four-month suspension from all football-related activity on their star striker.If one superstar had left the stage, another has emerged as Monaco’s Rodriguez volleyed arguably the goal of the tournament in the first half then crowned a superb team move for the second.

In the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao, the boyish Rodriguez has become Colombia’s new pin-up and is making his mark on the global stage as the tournament’s current top-scorer with five goals.His side will now meet hosts Brazil in the quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday – and have shown they have the capacity to wreck the hopes of this football-mad nation.