World Cup 2014: 6 Key Battles That Will Shape Colombia's Clash with Uruguay

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World Cup 2014: 6 Key Battles That Will Shape Colombia's Clash with Uruguay
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Such has been the media coverage of Luis Suarez’s biting incident with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini that Uruguay’s upcoming round of 16 clash with Colombia in the 2014 World Cup this Saturday has dropped slightly below the radar.

Yet, on the first day of the knockout stages featuring exclusively South American teams, Colombia vs. Uruguay promises to be an exciting affair at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro—even now that Uruguay’s controversial talisman has been banned from the rest of the tournament.

Having secured qualification from Group D with two wins, six points and a total goal difference of zero, behind surprise winners Costa Rica, Uruguay will meet Colombia, which finished runaway leaders of Group C with three wins out of three and a plus-seven goal differential.

Here are six key battles that will shape a highly anticipated round of 16 clash between Colombia and Uruguay on Saturday.

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