Colombia's James Rodriguez 1st Since 2002 to Score in 1st 4 World Cup Games

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Colombia's James Rodriguez 1st Since 2002 to Score in 1st 4 World Cup Games
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With his first of two goals in a 2-0 win over Uruguay in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Saturday, Colombia's James Rodriguez became the first player since 2002 to score in his first four games at the tournament, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Rodriguez matched a feat accomplished by superstars Ronaldo and Rivaldo, who each netted in Brazil's first four matches back at the 2002 World Cup, which was hosted by South Korea and Japan. The success of those two ultimately led to the Brazilians hoisting the Cup, after they defeated Germany 2-0 thanks to a brace by Ronaldo.

With five goals in the tournament, Rodriguez now leads all scorers in Brazil, sitting one ahead of Brazil's Neymar, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Germany's Thomas Mueller.

Rodriguez isn't just scoring goals, but setting them up too. He has two assists through four games, and his six points are also more than any other player in the World Cup.

With the win over Uruguay, Colombia will next face host nation Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday, after the Selecao advanced out of the round of 16 thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout win over Chile on Saturday. Colombia, meanwhile, has won each of its four games, scoring 11 goals while conceding just two.

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