Thank you for following along with us from the Maracana where Colombia have beaten Uruguay 2-0 thanks for James Rodriguez's brace. The first two Round of 16 matches have been impeccable, and we're looking forward to what's in store for Sunday. Please join us in our daily tournament blog as we breakdown the most recent results and take a look at the tomorrow's Round of 16 fixtures.
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FULL-TIME: James Rodriguez made all the difference tonight and his efforts see Colombia go through to the quarter-finals, while simultaneously sending Uruguay home. The No10's first goal will surely be in contention for goal of the tournament, and despite a late flurry from La Celeste, Los Cafeteros were too strong for Oscar Tabarez's team, and Colombia's win now sets up what should be a fantastic quarter-final fixture against Brazil on Friday, 4 July in Fortaleza.
has been elected Man of the Match
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Colombia make their final change, and the No10 gets a massive round of applause from the Maracana crowd.
Ospina stops another Uruguayan attack, this time coming from the edge of the area.
Pekerman makes another change as the impressive Cuadrado comes off in favour of Guarin.
GOOD SAVE: Maxi Pereira is denied by the on-rushing Ospina, who closes down the No16's angle very well.
Armero earns a yellow for kicking the ball away.
The injured Uruguay No2 is cautioned while on the bench, which doesn't happen every day. If Uruguay advance to the quarter-finals and Lugano would be forced to miss that match.
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Stuani has been impressive since coming on, providing a spark in the Uruguayan attack but this effort is wide of the mark.
Jose Pekerman makes his first change, brining on a midfielder for the centre-forward.
Tabarez makes his third and final change, bringing on an attacking midfielder for a more defensive-minded one.
GOOD SAVE: Cristhian Rodriguez hits a powerful shot from distance that Ospina does well to parry it away.
Man watching this Colombian game I think I have my fav player in the world cup! Obviously his name help that out #Biased #10 #James #WC2014— LeBron James (@LeBron James) 28/06/2014 21:14
What steam goal!!!! #Colombia #LosCafeteros !!!!An electric storm of an attack,crackling white lightening & James is the THUNDER at the end!— Ray Hudson (@Ray Hudson) 28/06/2014 21:11
And secondly, an injured Alvaro Pereira is replaced by Gaston Ramirez.
Oscar Tabarez makes a double change in an effort to find a way back into the game. First, Stuani checks in for Forlan.
GOAL! James Rodriguez gets another for Los Cafeteros! Pablo Armero puts in a great cross and Juan Cuadrado heads it back towards the centre where the No10 is waiting to tap it in.
Colombia start the second half
HALF-TIME: As the two teams head back down the tunnel, James Rodriguez's superb strike is the difference so far, though Colombia enjoyed the majority of the play during the first 45 minutes. Uruguay looked dangerous at times on set pieces and counter-attacks, but they only created a couple of true chances.
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GOOD SAVE: Alvaro Gonzalez takes a great shot through a crowd of players that looks destined for the far post but David Ospina does very well to dive and punch the ball away.
WOW James Rodriguez. If he wasn't the breakout star of this World Cup already, he is now. What a goal.— Sacha Kljestan (@Sacha Kljestan) 28/06/2014 20:37
Unreal technique to score that goal by James Rodriguez. You can't comprehend how difficult that was and he made it look easy.— Sacha Kljestan (@Sacha Kljestan) 28/06/2014 20:37
Cavani's free-kick is a good one and it's dipping towards goal but not in enough time
Carlos Sanchez clears the danger from Edison Cavani's cross that was intended for Cristian Rodriguez.
GOAL! James Rodriguez scores his fourth goal in his fourth game for Colombia and it is an absolute stunner! The No10 receives the ball on his chest and volleys home from outside the area, leaving Muslera no chance.
Colombia are still controlling the pace of the match and enjoying a majority of the possession, but no real goal scoring opportunities have developed yet.
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Jackson Martinez rises well to head James Rodriguez's corner on target but it's blocked by Edinson Cavani.
Camilo Zuniga's shot from distance dips en route to goal but Fernando Muslera gets in front of it well.
Cuadrado's free-kick is a bistering effort on goal but it's deflected out for a goal-kick.
Juan Cuadrado shows some great individual skill to get by Alvaro Pereira but the No6 chases him down and concedes the foul.
Uruguay kick off to get things underway at the Maracana, wearing their traditional light blue kit.
Now it's Uruguay's turn, and the players proudly take in the moment and begin singing in unison.
Colombia's anthem is the first to play. Los Cafeteros' support in the stands is impressive and they sing along loudly.
The teams are making their way out to the pitch now, and the fans greet the two sides with vociferous applause.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 David OSPINA, 2 Cristian ZAPATA, 3 Mario YEPES, 7 Pablo ARMERO, 18 Juan ZUNIGA, 6 Carlos SANCHEZ, 10 James RODRIGUEZ, 11 Juan CUADRADO, 13 Fredy GUARIN, 9 Teofilo GUTIERREZ, 21 Jackson MARTINEZ
1 Fernando MUSLERA, 2 Diego LUGANO, 3 Diego GODIN, 6 Alvaro PEREIRA, 22 Martin CACERES, 5 Walter GARGANO, 7 Cristian RODRIGUEZ, 14 Nicolas LODEIRO, 17 Egidio AREVALO, 10 Diego FORLAN, 21 Edinson CAVANI
FALCAO WITH THE FANS
The injured Colombian superstar tweeted a great photo of the Colombian support in the Maracana.
"Getting here is not the achievement of a team, it is the achievement of an entire country."
Llegar aquí no es el logro de un equipo, es el logro de un país entero. #VamosColombia #HinchasInseparables http://t.co/fTBS1wrrku— Radamel Falcao (@Radamel Falcao) 28/06/2014 19:48
DID YOU KNOW?
This is the second showdown between the sides in the World Cup. Their only previous meeting in a finals tournament took place in the group round in 1962, when Uruguay emerged 2-1 victors.
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HEAD TO HEAD:
The pair have met 38 times and Uruguay have had the better of Colombia historically, with 18 victories to 11, plus nine draws. Their last meeting was a World Cup qualifier played in Montevideo on 10 September 2013, which the hosts won 2-0 thanks to goals by Edinson Cavani and Cristian Stuani.
"We have to accept that history is not on our side, though there’s always the chance that you can
turn it around, and we hope that it’s our turn to beat them this time. We know we’re coming up
against a very tough rival, but I’m confident we can do it."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Well known names, including Hugh Jackman and Kim Clijsters, from around the world were glued into the action in the Estadio Mineirao where Brazil beat Chile on penalties.
What a match!!!! Well fought. @chilesoccer @CBF_Futebol @FIFAWorldCup #ADDICTED— Hugh Jackman (@Hugh Jackman) 28/06/2014 19:22
Goosebumps!!! Chills!!!! Tears!!!! nothing better then sports⚽️⚽️⚽️— Kim Clijsters (@Kim Clijsters) 28/06/2014 19:23
The starting XIs for today's final game are in!
#COL LINE-UP: Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Zuniga, Martinez #COLURU #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 28/06/2014 19:20
#URU LINE-UP: Muslera, Godin (c), Pereira, Rodriguez, Forlan, Gimenez, Pereira, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres #COLURU #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 28/06/2014 19:21
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BRAZIL BEAT CHILE
We review the action from Belo Horizonte where we were treated to an absolute thriller.
GOOD AFTERNOON / BUENAS TARDES:
Hello and welcome to our coverage of Colombia-Uruguay from the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. If you missed it, Brazil beat Chile on penalites in Belo Horizonte in an incredibly entertaining match. We're expecting a similar level of excitement between these other two South American sides tonight. As usual we'll have a minute-by-minute report and all the build-up from the coaches and players as the doors of the Global Stadium swing open. Remember to #joinin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which are all part of our World Cup social hub.
Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro