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Colombia Beats Uruguay 2-0 At World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: Alexander Mejia of Colombia tackles Edinson Cavani of Uruguay during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 28: Alexander Mejia of Colombia tackles Edinson Cavani of Uruguay during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – James Rodriguez scored twice to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Saturday.

Colombia will play host Brazil in the last eight.

Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and added the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.

Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the tournament’s biggest revelation.

Uruguay, meanwhile, struggled badly in attack without Suarez and his replacement Diego Forlan substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was probably his final World Cup appearance.

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