Colombia vs. Uruguay: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Colombia's goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, center, is embraced by his teammates after  the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Colombia won the match 4-1. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Though Uruguay have been dominating the World Cup headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, they have a chance to let their football do the talking as they take on Colombia in the last 16.

However, the Colombians are far from an ideal opposition for Uruguay’s redemption mission, as Jose Pekerman’s side have been arguably the strongest nation in the tournament so far.

Standing on the brink of history, Pekerman is just 90 minutes away from seeing Colombia reach their first World Cup quarter-final, and his star-studded squad look more than ready to get there.


Venue: Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Date: Saturday 28 June

Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

TV Info: ITV1 (U.K.)/ABC (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Player/ABC Go                 


Uruguay Will Struggle Without Luis Suarez

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias H
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One of the best players in world football right now, Luis Suarez never fails to baffle everyone associated with the game with his head-scratching antics.

Uruguay were chasing their final Group D match with Italy, needing a goal to see them through to the last 16, when Suarez appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini—instantly turning him from hero to villain, as Rio Ferdinand remarked:

The Liverpool man now faces a four-month ban from all forms of football, per BBC Sport, and it’s clear that the Uruguayans will miss their hitman come Saturday’s clash.

Without the 27-year-old in their ranks for their opening match with Costa Rica, the Uruguayans looked short of ideas and failed to find the net from open play in a 3-1 defeat.

Just five days later, Suarez was back in action, and two goals and a sensational performance later, Uruguay had three points after a 2-1 victory over England.

With Suarez out, Uruguay will likely turn to the aging Diego Forlan to lead the line with Edinson Cavani, and it’s difficult to see the pair being even a quarter as dangerous as Suarez could have been.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Edinson Cavani (L) and Diego Forlan of Uruguay wait to kick off after allowing a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 14, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Pho
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It also doesn’t help that Uruguay are coming up against the formidable force that is Colombia, who have proved already just how far they’re capable of going in Brazil.

With two convincing victories against Greece and Japan together with a hard-fought win over Ivory Coast, Colombia topped Group C with nine points and looked good value for every one of them—Gary Lineker was among many particularly impressed with them:

While the Colombians have some remarkable talents in their ranks, James Rodriguez has been their standout performer, scoring a goal per game during the group stage.

As OptaJean revealed, he’s enjoying quite the World Cup and has played a part in five of Colombia’s nine goals so far:

The sky appears to be the limit for the Monaco star, and teammate Jackson Martinez believes that’s the case, too, saying to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo that he’s very impressed with Rodriguez— per

“It's impressive to see how James has improved. I knew him from FC Porto and I see that now in France he has matured so much. The talent he has is something that cannot be questioned. He is having a great tournament.”

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Christopher Le
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The Colombians don’t look for a second like faltering in Brazil, and if Rodriguez keeps his form up, then the quarter-finals await for Pekerman’s side.

Though Uruguay will be tough to break down in Rio de Janeiro, it’s clear that the wealth of attacking talent that Colombia have can breach their stubborn back line and find their way to victory.

With so much controversy surrounding Uruguay and Suarez, off-the-pitch antics may just be too much for the Uruguayans to endure. They could slip to a humbling defeat, with Suarez’s international future still hanging in the balance.

Prediction: Colombia 3-1 Uruguay