World Cup Second Round
Colombia v Uruguay
Saturday 28th June, 2100 BST, Rio De Janeiro
As the impressive Colombia prepare to take on fellow South American outfit Uruguay in the second round of the World Cup, we take a look at where the game is likely to be decided.
Road to the Second Round
Colombia have been one of the stand out teams of the tournament so far, winning Group C with a maximum point return having won all three of their games. Despite missing star player Radamel Falcao, Jose Pekerman’s side notched up nine goals as they brushed aside their group opponents.
Uruguay secured their place in the second round with a controversial 1-0 win over Italy that will be remembered for Luis Suarez’s bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. After losing their opening game against surprise package Costa Rica, Oscar Tabarez’s side recorded back to back wins over England and Italy to finish second in Group D.
The two sides have only ever met once before in the World Cup with Uruguay running out 2-1 victors in what was Colombia’s first ever World Cup game back in 1962.
Uruguay have also won six of their eight games against Colombia with last nine encounters between the two South American sides having produced 32 goals; an average of 3.6 per game.
17 Arévalo Rios
• Colombia and Uruguay’s only previous World Cup meeting was in the group stages of the 1962 tournament; Uruguay won the game 2-1
• Uruguay have won six of the last eight encounters between the two South American nations.
• The last nine games between the two countries have produced 32 goals.
• Uruguay have scored in each of their last nine World Cup games.
• Star man James Rodriguez has scored three goals and delivered two assists at this World Cup, he’s also scored in each of his last five games for Colombia.
• Luis Suarez has missed two games at the World Cup since 2010 both of which have resulted in defeat for Uruguay.
Colombia have impressed so far in the tournament and look set to continue their dominance against a lacklustre Uruguay side. Uruguay failed to deliver any true quality in a poor Group D and the suspension of Luis Suarez has created an unnecessary distraction in the camp.
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