Colombia 2-0 Uruguay: Player ratings

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Colombia secured their place in the Quarter-Finals following a 2-0 defeat of Uruguay thanks to a James Rodriguez brace which featured one of the best individual goals of the tournament along with one of the best team goals thus far.

The win sets up yet another all South American tie as Colombia look to provide a formidable test for hosts Brazil in Fortaleza on July 4th.

Here we analyse the performances of the players featuring in the last-16 tie.


David Ospina: In a tournament full of unconvincing goalkeeping , Ospina demonstrated the polar opposite with one of the sublime performances in that department. The 25 year-old was able to avert danger in any form whether it was from close or long range and also imperious dealing with high balls. 8.

Juan Zuniga: The Napoli right backs forays from deep were a common theme in the early exchanges and Zuniga's ability to overlap and take on his corresponding fullback on the opposite team provided a useful attacking outlet for the Colombians. Waned in the second half. 7.

Cristian Zapata: Composure personified from the AC Milan defender who showed his ability to play and retain the ball under pressure and in tight areas. Displayed very good pace to contain Cavani and co. 7.

Mario Yepes:  Imposing performance from the experienced veteran defender at the heart of defence and like Zapata, the 38 year-old often had the beating of Cavani or Forlan. 7.

Pablo Armero: Relentless performance from the left back who marauded up his left hand flank with regularity while providing in the final third. Supplied a stunning cross for Colombia's second to consolidate the win. 8.

Juan Cuadrado: Cuadrado has used the tournament to showcase his ability on a grander scale and been one of the emerging stars so far. The Fiorentina once again proved an extremely difficult proposition to contain with his wingplay, trickery and dribbling ability. Wasn't able to produce too much in the final third or create chances during the first half, but provided the assist for an excellent team goal and throughout impressed in the second half. 8.

Abel Aguilar: Tasked with more of the passing and dictating responsibilities than that of midfield partner Sanchez, the Toulouse midfielder provided the platform for Colombia's attackers to excel. Assisted the Rodriguez stunner with a well-cushioned header. 7.

Carlos Sanchez: The 28 year-old has formed a formidable partnership alongside compatriot Aguilar at the heart of midfield and played a key role in his sides progression to the Quarter-Finals. Made some excellent recovery tackles and late interventions when protecting the teams back four. 7.

James Rodriguez: Arguably the tournaments star performer so far, Rodriguez scored the two goals that put him first in the top goalscorers column with his first one of the outstanding goals of the World Cup also. Two goals and a game winner. 9.

Jackson Martinez: Following his brace against Japan, Martinez was rewarded with his second consecutive start, but Martinez was unable to contribute much against the Uruguayans this time around. Very lively right from the off and his hold-up play and strength impressed, while also helping his team from corners with some great headed clearances. 6.

Teofilo Gutierrez: Like Martinez, Gutierrez didn't perhaps play anywhere near his capabilities with his output, but his intelligence, pace and combination play were all a sight to behold at times. 7.


Alexander Mejia: Helped sure things up in midfield. 5.

Freddy Guarin: Not enough time. N/A.

Adrian Ramos: Not enough time. N/A.


Fernando Muslera: Often a bit suspect with his handling, even prior to Rodriguez's screamer and even for that one, Muslera failed to get a telling hand to the ball. 5.

Maxi Pereira: The attack-minded fullback was unable to demonstrate his offensive prowess as Colombia shut down Pereira's right flank for much of the game, while Cuadrado proved to difficult to contain. Unable to close down Armero's cross for the 2nd. 5.

Jose Gimenez: Starting his third game of the World Cup. The Atletico starlet endured a torrid time with some terribly ill-timed and impetuous tackles. A prospect, but not the finished article. Booked. 5.

Diego Godin: Tried his best to command and organise his teammates in defence and often the last line of defence with dominant headers and tackles won in his box. Not as imperious as other games, but the skipper can take great pride from a solid World Cup. 7.

Martin Caceres: The imposing utility man performed competently on the left-side of Uruguay's three man defence and his strength and aerial prowess remains a key positive for La Celeste. Made some excellent passes into midfield too. 6.

Alvaro Pereira: Unable to put an early marker on Cuadrado in the first ten minutes, but as the Colombian switched flanks, Pereira was able to time more forays into the oppositions final third. Guilty of some poor fouls and his poor headed clearance initiated Colombia's opener. Off soon after the interval. 5.

Alvaro Gonzalez: Unable to provide the same impetus in midfield as Rodriguez, Gonzalez often found the game pass him by and his contribution - save for a few dangerous efforts - were minimal. Struggled against Cuadrado when one-on-one. 5.

Egidio Arevalo: The combative defensive midfielder was unable to subdue any of Colombia's attacking threats, but he was able to cover inordinate amounts of ground and at least compete until the end. 6.

Cristian Rodriguez: One of Uruguay's star performers in the World Cup so far and Rodriguez continued that vein of form into this Last 16 fixture. Deployed centrally, opposed to his wide role he occupies for Atletico, Rodriguez was able to drive from midfield, while still covering plenty of ground. Particularly came to the fore in the second half and look to instigate most of Uruguay's attacks from deep. 7.

Edinson Cavani: Guilty of some untimely, rash challenges in a difficult game for the Uruguayan who continues to split opinions. That wasn't too be the main struggle for the PSG forward however, as he was often wasteful in front of goal. However, he did provide some enticing deliveries and his work-ethic can never be faulted. Ineffective, but unwavering. 6.

Diego Forlan: The Uruguay veteran had to play with more discipline and use his experience, as his side defended deep and neither Cavani or the aforementioned pressed from the front. Didn't produce enough when he did receive the ball and often saw moves break down. Hauled off just after the interval. 4.


Cristhian Stuani: Largely anonymous and only improved Uruguay's prospects marginally. Almost scored with an unorthodox cross. 5.

Gaston Ramirez: Showed some great touches following his introduction and enabled Uruguay to gain a foothold while increasing the tempo. 6.

Abel Hernandez: Often displayed a poor touch and often ponderous with time on the ball. Unable to effect the game. 4.

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