World Cup 2014: Best XI of Day 17 with James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez, More

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World Cup 2014: Best XI of Day 17 with James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez, More
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Day 17 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw the knockout stage finally kick into gear, with top billing given to four nations from the tournament's home continent.

Brazil and Chile fought out a 1-1 draw, went to extra time and then penalties, with the hosts ultimately progressing after half the spot-kicks were missed. Colombia then saw off the challenge of Uruguay by a 2-0 scoreline, with attacking midfielder James Rodriguez central to their victory once more.

Colombia and Brazil will now play each other in the quarter-finals, with BBC Sport's Chris Waddle among those expecting the hosts to face a tough test:

I expect Colombia to play 4-5-1 against Brazil with James Rodriguez playing behind Jackson Martinez. They have got players who can change the game. They will cause problems on the break and there is no reason why they can't give Brazil a good game. But they can't sit back like they did towards the end against Uruguay.

Here's our XI of the day—with Rodriguez, unsurprisingly, taking centre stage in a 3-5-2 variation.

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