Colombia will face Brazil in the quarter-final round of the 2014 World Cup after beating Uruguay 2-0 at the Maracana on Saturday.
James Rodriguez scored both goals for his side—the first a spectacular half-volley from distance and the second a tap-in following an intricate bit of buildup play.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Colombia Player Ratings|
Half-time analysis for Colombia
David Ospina: Made one save in the first half, but the play was already offside.
Juan Zuniga: Linking up nicely with his attacking teammates down the right.
Mario Yepes: Won all of his aerial battles in the first half.
Cristian Zapata: Has so far misplaced just a single pass out of the defense.
Pablo Armero: Springing Cuadrado at every opportunity.
Abel Aguilar: Assisted on the Rodriguez opener.
Carlos Sanchez: Moving the ball about efficiently.
James Rodriguez: Scored one of the goals of the tournament to put his side in front.
Juan Cuadrado: Causing all sorts of problems when he attacks with speed—which is often.
Teofilo Gutierrez: Just a single shot from him so far.
Jackson Martinez: With only 18 touches in the first half, his team will no doubt look to get him more involved after the break.
Full-time analysis for Colombia
David Ospina: Made some important, late saves on Maxi Pereira and Cavani.
Juan Zuniga: Getting better and better with each game he plays at this tournament.
Mario Yepes: Made a vital block to deny Rodriguez.
Cristian Zapata: Misplaced a single pass in the first half, and just one more in the second.
Pablo Armero: Crossed to the far post in the buildup to Colombia’s second goal.
Abel Aguilar: Distributed the ball effectively while taking his defensive assignments seriously.
Carlos Sanchez: Three tackles and not a single foul from him.
James Rodriguez: In perfect position to complete his brace.
Juan Cuadrado: Did exceptionally well to knock Armero’s path into the path of Rodriguez for his second.
Teofilo Gutierrez: Didn’t manage a single shot in the second half.
Jackson Martinez: Incredibly, it was Colombia’s forwards that struggled to impose themselves in the attacking third.
Alexander Mejia: Introduced in the 68th minute to help tighten things up with Uruguay threatening.
Fredy Guarin: Just three touches after slotting into defensive midfield.
Adrian Ramos: The striker adopted a defensive posture after being introduced in the final minutes.
|Uruguay Player Ratings|
|Jose Maria Gimenez||5||5|
Half-time analysis for Uruguay
Fernando Muslera: No chance whatsoever on the Rodriguez golazo.
Maxi Pereira: Been decidedly on the back-foot so far.
Martin Caceres: Trying to spring the odd counter-attack.
Diego Godin: Blocked Martinez’ downward header with his chest.
Jose Maria Gimenez: The 19-year-old has been better positionally than with the ball at his feet.
Alvaro Pereira: Facing a barrage down that flank.
Arevalo Rios: Managing to apply a physical hammer without getting booked.
Alvaro Gonzalez: Contributed four tackles in the first half without committing a foul.
Cristian Rodiguez: Barely involved in any sort of buildup play.
Edinson Cavani: Not a single shot on target and a pair of fouls to show for his opening 45 minutes.
Diego Forlan: The deeper-lying of the two strikers.
Full-time analysis for Uruguay
Fernando Muslera: Completely helpless on Rodriguez’second.
Maxi Pereira: Had Uruguay’s best chance to score at the Maracana.
Martin Caceres: His side’s best defender on the day.
Diego Godin: Punched Yepes just before the final whistle and was fortunate to escape a booking.
Jose Maria Gimenez: This was the least impressive of the three World Cup matches he played.
Alvaro Pereira: Lasted just eight minutes into the second half before being withdrawn.
Arevalo Rios: Perhaps no player embodies this Uruguay team as much as him.
Alvaro Gonzalez: Put himself about, but ultimately didn’t make much of an impact on proceedings.
Cristian Rodiguez: Took an ambitious shot at range that Ospina had to stop.
Edinson Cavani: Stepped on Rodriguez foot midway through the second half.
Diego Forlan: Withdrawn in the 53rd minute, perhaps making his final exit from international football.
Christian Stuani: Tested Ospina with a half shot, half cross.
Gaston Ramirez: Uruguay’s set-pieces improved upon his introduction.
Abel Hernandez: Didn’t manage a shot on target after being brought on.
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