Colombia 2 Uruguay 0: Player ratings as James Rodríguez shines again

Colombia 2 Uruguay 0: Player ratings as James Rodríguez his side through to the World Cup quarter-finals

By Richard Potter
Colombia
2
Uruguay
0

Colombia

David Ospina – Called upon once in the first half, and again by Cristian Rodriguez and then Maxi Pereira in the second, matched every effort stoically. Mopped up any loose balls, gathered well from set-pieces. Assured between the sticks. 9/10

Juan Carmilo Zuñiga Provided plenty of forward runs deep into Uruguay territory. A real ball carrier in central areas and down the right. 8

Pablo Armero Plenty of attacking impetus down the left channel, his chip across the Uruguayan box led to James Rodriguez and Columbia’s second goal of the evening. 7

Carlos Sánchez Great defensive header to thwart a promising Uruguay opportunity. Solid. 7

Cristian Zapata Showed his experience almost twinned with Yepes. Ice-cold in possession. 8

Mario Yepes Evergreen at 38 years old. Solid defensive partnership with Zapata. 8

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado A supreme menace on both flanks. Could of gone himself for the second goal, instead, facilitated a fantastic team goal by heading Armero’s cross down for James Rodriguez to make it 2-0. 8

Abel Aguilar Set up Rodríguez for his first. Key man in midfield. 8

Teofilo Gutiérrez Ran hard for his team, kept Godin and Caceres busy. 7

James Rodríguez Forget Neymar, forget Lionel Messi – Rodríguez is the player of the tournament so far. Doing Carlos Valderrama proud when pulling on that Columbian number 10 shirt. 10

Jackson Martínez Good hold-up play by the Porto striker. 7

Substitutes:

Fredy Guarín N/A

Alexander Mejía N/A

Adrián Ramos N/A

Uruguay

Fernando Muslera Powerless against James Rodriguez’s stratospheric first half strike. 6

Maxi Pereira Bullish in the tackle and full of running to aid his team going forward. 7

Alvaro Pereira Looked to get on the overlap and whip in some telling crosses in the direction of Cavani, good intent, poor application 6

Martin Cáceres The versatile defender looked assured at the back with Godin. Good recovery tackle to deny Zuniga. 7

Diego Godín
Brick wall. 7

Jose Maria Giménez The young defender picked up a booking for a cynical foul after the second goal went in. 6

Alvaro González Tested Ospina in the first half. Struggled after the break. 6

Egidio Arévalo Rios Lost the midfield battle, struggled to make an impact. 5

Diego Forlán Largely ineffectual before being substituted seven minutes after the restart. 5

Edinson Cavani Much like his time at PSG thus far; dared to Zlatan, came up short. 6

Cristian Rodríguez Showed his quality running with the ball, improved as the game went on. Rifled a shot from some 30+ yards to sting the palms of Ospina. 7

Substitutes:

Abel Hernández Possessing a tidy return at international level of seven goals in 14 appearances for Uruguay, the midfielder couldn’t add to his tally nor bring about an opportunity for his team mates. 6

Cristian Stuani Added to Uruguays attack, got into some good areas. 7

Gaston Ramírez Looked like a player who hasn’t played a great deal this past season. 5

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