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Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 at World Cup

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera fails to save Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez' second goal during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Colombia's midfielder Abel Aguilar heads the ball during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Colombia's players celebrate after the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Security personnel restrain a fan 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.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (L) hugs Colombia's defender Camilo Zuniga at the end of the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Fans of Colombia attend the FIFA World Cup match Colombia vs Uruguay, at the Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro on June 28, 2014.
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Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies for the ball with Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia, during the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.
Colombia's players celebrate after the Round of 16 football match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 28, 2014.
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James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday.

Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted 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 was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was probably his final World Cup appearance.

Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on July 4 in Fortaleza after the host beat Chile in a penalty shootout earlier Saturday.

Rodriguez showed once again that the Brazilians have every reason to be wary.

The opener was his most spectacular goal yet. He chested the ball down with his back to goal well outside the area and in one fluid motion turned around and fired a left-foot volley that went off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

His second was a perfectly executed team move as Colombia worked the ball over from the right flank to the left, where Pablo Armero sent in a cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post. Cuadrado headed back across goal toward Rodriguez, who slotted in from just a few yards (meters) out.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez tried to respond with a double substitution, taking off Forlan and Alvaro Pereira for Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. That livened up the attack, with goalkeeper David Ospina having to make good saves from Cristhian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira before diving to push away a shot from Edinson Cavani in the 84th.

But in the end Uruguay simply couldn't cope without Suarez, who was banned for four months for biting an opponent in the group-stage victory against Italy that sent the team through to the next round. Suarez also missed Uruguay's first game of the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, before scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over England.

Forlan was named the best player of the 2010 World Cup but again looked well past his prime and leaves Brazil without scoring a goal.

Rodriguez was taken off near the end to a standing ovation, and then rushed onto the field with his teammates at the final whistle.