Colombia v Uruguay: Live team sheet

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Colombia v Uruguay
Rio de Janeiro, Maracana
KO: 21:00 (UK)

Despite the fact that he's not even in Rio for Uruguay's World Cup last-16 clash against Colombia, Luis Suarez continues to dominate proceedings.

The Liverpool striker will be a noticeable absentee from the iconic Maracana thanks to his nine game international ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during his country's 1-0 group stage victory against Italy.

Even with Suarez, Uruguay would have faced a daunting task going up against a much-fancied Colombia side that scored for fun in the group stages; but without their talisman Oscar Tabarez's men are huge underdogs.

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The likes of James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado have taken Colombia sweeping into the last-16 on the back of three straight wins, with some suggesting that they could even go all the way - although the winner of this game will face Brazil.


Neither side have too many injury worries going into the game, although of course Suarez's absence will force Uruguay into a change. Captain Diego Lugano missed the game against England in the group stages as well as the showdown with Italy, and he'll sit on the bench for this one out too with a knee complaint.

Colombia made eight changes to their team for their final group stage game against Japan so will have plenty of fresh legs.

Colombia team: 

Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Zuniga, Martinez

Subs: Vargas, Mondragon, Arias, Balanta, Valdes, Mejia, Carbonero, Quintero, Guarin, Bacca, Ibarbo, Ramos

Uruguay team: 

Muslera, Godin (c), Pereira, Rodriguez, Forlan, Gimenez, Pereira, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres

Subs: Munoz, Silva, M.Pereira, Lugano, Coates, Fucile, Perez, Ramirez, Gargano, Stuani, Hernandez

Head to head

Uruguay hold the upper hand in recent meetings between these two teams. In their last 14 games, Tabarez's team have won eight times to Colombia's six - although in qualifying for the World Cup they each took one win each.

However in that qualifying process Colombia did claim a morale-boosting 2-0 win and finished well clear of Uruguay, who needed a play-off to book their spot in Brazil.

These two teams have only ever met at the World Cup once before back in 1962, and it was Uruguay who emerged victorious with a 2-1 win.

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