World Cup 2014 Round of 16: Colombia 2 – Uruguay 0

30 Jun
We love you too, James!

We love you too, James!

It’s the James show! Two magnificient goals from 22 year old wonder, James Rodriguez sent Colombia onto their first quarter finals in Colombian history!

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Place: Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
Attendance: 73,804

Line Ups

For Colombia

David Ospina
Cristian Zapata
Mario Ypes – Captain
Carlos Sanchez
Pablo Armero, yellow card 77’
Abel Aguilar
Teofilo Gutierrez, substitute Alex Mejia 68’
James Rodriguez substitute Adrian Ramos 86’
Juan Cuadrado, Substitute Fredy Guarin 80’
Juan Zuniga
Jackson Martinez

For Uruguay

Fernando Mulera
Diego Godin – Captain
Alvaro Pereira, substitute Gaston Ramirez 52’
Cristian Rodriguez
Diego Forlan, substitute Christian Stuani 52’
Joes Gimenez, Yellow card 56’
Maximiliano Pereira
Egidio Arevalo
Alvaro Gonzalez, substitute Abel Hernandez 66’
Edinson Cavani
Martin Caceres

(yellow to Diego Lugano on bench 77’)

The second Round of 16 match was a highly charged affair with South American teams Colombia and Uruguay meeting at the Maracana. Colombian supporters were out in mass and Uruguay were still stinging and highly defensive after the Suarez affair. This showed itself immediately as fouls, free kicks and arguments with the ref were all present and accounted for within the first 5 minutes of the match.

However, this match was Colombia’s game pretty much from start to finish. They dictated play, had the majority of the possession and had two stunning goals from James Rodriguez. Uruguay had no answer to any of it. They did have a few good shots in the second half but Colombian keeper Ospina was up for any challenge Uruguay sent his way.

But the real hero of this match was James. Period. His first goal in the 28th minute was GORGEOUS. A great header came straight to James who controlled the ball with his chest, as cool as you’d like, and then fired a rocket into the net. Gorgeous. (Video here)

Pic 2 goal 1
Pic 3 1st goalDr. P, who wishes you all her greetings from Nashville where she’s being well fed, so I’m told, reminded me that James was her man to watch. And Carlos Valderrama apparently agrees, calling him the “New Pibe,” or the New Kid.

(For those of you who may not remember, Carlos Valderrama was a superstar for Colombia and played quite some time with DC United in the early days of MLS. My own sister affectionately called him “Happy Head.” Here’s a shot to refresh your memory.)

Pic 4 ValderramaThe goal did not quiet the rivalry between the two camps and even the two elder statesmen nearly came to blows.  Diego Forlan took umbrage at the way that  Mario Yepes defended the box, impeding Forlan. Forlan shouldered the taller Yepes and a stare-down contest began followed by a spirited conference with the Dutch referee.  Personally, I think they are both old enough to know better. (Yepes is 38 and Forlan is 36.)  However, emotions were running high and luckily, no cards were issued and the half was close enough for teams to get their emotions in check.

Pic 5 Diego and MarioPic 6 Diego and Mario with RefBut Colombian hearts would soar again when 4 minutes into the half, James scored another beaut.  A great cross from Armero to Cuadrado resulted in a lovely pass straight to James who notched it home.

Pic 7 2nd goalThe rest of the half was a series of substitutions and careless fouls. Uruguay appeared frustrated and frankly, at a loss on how to stop the Colombian momentum. Around the hour mark, Cristian Rodriguez and Alvaro Gonzalez had a few good shots but Ospina was well placed to handle them. The keeper did have a lot of support from his defense, even Mario Yepes who showed a defensive spirit not often seen in his Serie A play.

Colombia was not innocent in some of the sloppy and unnecessary fouls in the midfield. The strangest one was in the 77th minute when Almero made a meal out of what looked like a kick in anger by Gaston Ramirez. While he may have intended to kick in frustration, he made no contact. Almero did get a card for his playacting but not before Diego Lugano got a card from the bench for clearly something he said.

When all is said and done, Colombia earned their first quarter-final place in their history and it is not missed on many that this historic event occurs not long before the 20th anniversary of Andres Escobar’s murder. For the neutral, it would be hard not to wish them well in their upcoming match against Brazil. It may be a tall order for them but Marcelo and crowd would be unwise to underestimate the “new Pibe,” James.
– ForzaSusan

10 Responses to “World Cup 2014 Round of 16: Colombia 2 – Uruguay 0”

  1. Laura Witrak June 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    James Rodriguez is a magician. SO FUN TO WATCH!!!!!

  2. drea June 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    So the rumor is that James (Hamez!) might be coming to Madrid. Pleeease let this be true. He belongs on Team Pretty. 😉

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      His mami is a Madridista so she’s said she prefers that he goes with us. 🙂

      • CinematiqueChic June 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

        Also his mami’s name is Pilar Rubio. It’s a sign.

        • headbandsandheartbreak June 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

          IT TOTALLY IS! I would have so much fun writing about the Dos Pilar Rubios!

          • Dr Heidi July 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

            You’re all trying to kill me. two of them…dear god.

        • headbandsandheartbreak June 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

          Especially is James’ mami has a thing for animal print.

          • CinematiqueChic June 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

            I want to live in a world where there are two madridista Pilar Rubios proudly sporting leopard print.

  3. CinematiqueChic June 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Colombia have been so much fun to watch this tournament. I’m looking forward to their match against Brazil.

    • Laura Witrak June 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      I will be glued to the TV for that match and rooting hardcore for Colombia. Even if I have to duct tape my toddler to a wall, I will do it (just kidding of course, I will use a more flexible tape 😉 )

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