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Colombia beat Uruguay to reach quarter-finals

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Colombia are through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup after a masterclass performance from attacking midfielder James Rodriguez saw Colombia breeze past Uruguay

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James Rodriguez scored his first goal of the night in the 28th minute with one of the strikes of the World Cup. Juan Cuadrado headed the ball towards Rodriguez who chested down and volleyed the ball viciously from 25 yards out which beat Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera, with the shot crashing in off the underside of the crossbar to make it 1-0 to Colombia.

The Monaco midfielder made it 2-0 in the 50th minute after some brilliant team play from Colombia ended up with Rodriguez firing a close range shot from a Cuadrado headed pass. Rodriguez now has scored five goals in four games during the World Cup and also has two assists under his belt.

Uruguay were without star player Luis Suarez who started his nine international match ban today after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's 1-0 win on Tuesday. The Liverpool striker is also banned from all football activities for four months.

Brazil clash

Colombia will now face host nation Brazil in the last on Friday July 4. Brazil narrowly beat South America rivals Chile in a brilliant encounter that saw home emerge as winners on penalties.

The Samba boys took the lead through David Luiz who poked in a Thiago Silva header in the 18th minute. Chile equalised in the 32nd minute when Alexis Sanchez slotted home a neat finish from close range after some poor Brazilian defending. The encounter ended one apiece, before Brazil triumphed 3-2 on penalties.

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