James Rodriguez confirmed his status as the World Cup's newest star with a virtuoso display as Colombia took advantage of Luis Suarez's absence to beat Uruguay in Rio.

As the controversial Liverpool striker watched back in Uruguay after being banned for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, 22-year-old Rodriguez elevated his name alongside Brazil hero Neymar and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

Analysis

"James Rodriguez's goal is world class - the best of the tournament. The look over the shoulder tells him he has time to turn. Paul Scholes and Xavi can do that, they have time to take in their surroundings. That awareness sets the best players apart."

Suarez had been crucial to Uruguay's progress to the last 16 but Oscar Tabarez's side were struggling against the odds once Fifa imposed a nine-match international ban and four-month suspension from all football-related activity on their star striker.

If one superstar had left the stage, another has emerged as Monaco's Rodriguez volleyed arguably the goal of the tournament in the first half then crowned a superb team move for the second.

In the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao, the boyish Rodriguez has become Colombia's new pin-up and is making his mark on the global stage as the tournament's current top-scorer with five goals.

His side will now meet hosts Brazil in the quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday - and have shown they have the capacity to wreck the hopes of this football-mad nation.

Match facts

James Rodriguez is the first player to score in the first four games of a World Cup since Brazil's Ronaldo and Rivaldo in 2002.

Rodriguez is also the first player to score in each of his first four World Cup games since Italy's Christian Vieri in 1998.

Colombia have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time in their history.

Colombia have now won as many games at World Cup 2014 (3) as in their previous 13 games in the competition.

Colombia wideman Juan Cuadrado has now provided four assists at the 2014 World Cup - more than any other player.

Cuadrado is the first player to reach four assists in one World Cup since Italy's Francesco Totti and Argentina's Juan Riquelme (also four) in 2006.

He may not have been inside the Maracana but Suarez was here in spirit as Uruguay fans showed solidarity with the shamed striker, sporting masks, brandishing flags of support and ensuring the game kicked off to the sound of his name.

But for all Tabarez's bold talk of using a perceived injustice to inspire his team, they never coped without Suarez's brilliance and Colombia's victory was thoroughly merited.

After the heat of the off-field debate, the game itself was actually threatening an anti-climax until the magical intervention of Rodriguez before the half-hour delivered yet another moment to illuminate this World Cup.

Rodriguez was aware enough to glance over his shoulder and check his own position and that of Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera before cushioning a header on his chest and striking a stunning 25-yard left-foot volley in off the bar.

Listen to Colombian commentary on James Rodriguez's stunning volley

It was the most perfect combination of technique and talent, drawing gasps from around this iconic stadium when it was replayed on the four giant screens that hang from the roof of the vast bowl.

If his first goal was a testimony to his individual ability, the second five minutes after half-time was an illustration of Colombia's combination of talent and teamwork.

After a period of possession, Pablo Armero's cross found Juan Cuadrado, who showed great athleticism to guide his header into the path of Rodriguez, who made no mistake from eight yards.

Analysis

"I expect Colombia to play 4-5-1 against Brazil with James Rodriguez playing behind Jackson Martinez. They have got players who can change the game.

"They will cause problems on the break and there is no reason why they can't give Brazil a good game. But they can't sit back like they did towards the end against Uruguay."

Uruguay responded but their World Cup was over the horizon - although Maximiliano Pereira and Edinson Cavani forced fine saves from Colombia keeper David Ospina.

Rodriguez was removed in the closing minutes to conserve energy for the meeting with Brazil. He will pose a serious threat to Luiz Felipe Scolari's side - as will a highly impressive Colombia.

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez stuns the Maracana with his brilliant volleyed goal

Uruguay fans

Uruguay fans showed their support for banned striker Luis Suarez

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez takes the plaudits after his wonderful opening strike

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez celebrates his second goal with his team mates

Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani

Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani react to falling 2-0 behind

Colombia celebrate

Colombia celebrate their victory over Uruguay

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Colombia

  • 01 Ospina
  • 18 Zuñiga
  • 07 Armero Booked
  • 08 Aguilar
  • 02 Zapata
  • 03 Yepes
  • 11 Cuadrado (Guarín - 81' )
  • 06 Sánchez
  • 21 Martínez
  • 09 Gutiérrez (Mejía - 68' )
  • 10 Rodríguez (Ramos - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Arias
  • 05 Carbonero
  • 12 Vargas
  • 13 Guarín
  • 14 Ibarbo
  • 15 Mejía
  • 16 Balanta
  • 17 Bacca
  • 19 Ramos
  • 20 Quintero
  • 22 Mondragón
  • 23 Valdés

Uruguay

  • 01 Muslera
  • 16 Maxi Pereira
  • 06 Pereira (Ramírez - 53' )
  • 22 Cáceres
  • 03 Godín
  • 13 Giménez Booked
  • 20 González (Hernández - 67' )
  • 17 Arévalo Rios
  • 10 Forlán (Stuani - 53' )
  • 21 Cavani
  • 07 Rodríguez

Substitutes

  • 02 Lugano
  • 04 Fucile
  • 05 Gargano
  • 08 Hernández
  • 11 Stuani
  • 12 Muñoz
  • 14 Lodeiro
  • 15 Pérez
  • 18 Ramírez
  • 19 Coates
  • 23 Silva
Ref: Björn Kuipers
Att: 73,804

Match Stats

Shots

9 16

On target

4 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

19 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colombia 2, Uruguay 0.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colombia 2, Uruguay 0.

90:00 +1:10

Jackson Martínez (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Diego Godín (Uruguay).

90:00 +0:17

Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:17

Foul by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay).

88:31

Foul by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

88:31

Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:42

Hand ball by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

86:46

Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

86:46

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:47

Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross following a corner.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. Adrián Ramos replaces James Rodríguez.

83:59

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by David Ospina.

83:58

Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

82:43

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Colombia).

82:43

Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. Fredy Guarín replaces Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

79:13

Abel Aguilar (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:13

Foul by Maxi Pereira (Uruguay).

78:59

Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).

78:59

Christian Stuani (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:50

Attempt saved. Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

76:40 Booking

Booking Pablo Armero (Colombia) is shown the yellow card.

76:37 Booking

Booking Diego Lugano (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.

76:11

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

76:11

Christian Stuani (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:14

Attempt missed. José María Giménez (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross following a corner.

73:51

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by David Ospina.

70:43

Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:43

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay).

69:47

Attempt missed. Christian Stuani (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani with a cross.

68:46

Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).

68:46

Christian Stuani (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:12

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross following a corner.

67:51

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Mario Yepes.

67:50

Attempt blocked. Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez.

67:46

Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. Alexander Mejía replaces Teófilo Gutiérrez.

66:53

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia).

66:53

Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Uruguay. Abel Hernández replaces Álvaro González.

66:09

Foul by Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia).

66:09

Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:26

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

65:26

José María Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:30

Attempt saved. Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Álvaro González.

62:25

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Martín Cáceres.

61:45

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:45

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay).

61:30

Dangerous play by Jackson Martínez (Colombia).

61:30

José María Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:18

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:18

Foul by Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay).

59:58

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia).

59:58

Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:36

Foul by Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia).

58:36

Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:10

Attempt saved. Álvaro González (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:08

Attempt blocked. Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martín Cáceres.

55:19

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:17 Booking

Booking José María Giménez (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:13

Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:13

Foul by José María Giménez (Uruguay).

52:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Uruguay. Gastón Ramírez replaces Álvaro Pereira.

52:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Uruguay. Christian Stuani replaces Diego Forlán.

51:23

Attempt missed. Martín Cáceres (Uruguay) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Pereira.

49:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colombia 2, Uruguay 0. James Rodríguez (Colombia) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with a headed pass.

47:51

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by José María Giménez.

47:19

Jackson Martínez (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:19

Foul by José María Giménez (Uruguay).

45:36

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

45:00

Second Half begins Colombia 1, Uruguay 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colombia 1, Uruguay 0.

44:23

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

44:23

Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:37

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

39:37

Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:00

Offside, Uruguay. Álvaro González tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

36:33

Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).

36:33

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:47

Attempt saved. Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:18

Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:18

Foul by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay).

33:04

Foul by Jackson Martínez (Colombia).

33:04

Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:28

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

31:30

Foul by Abel Aguilar (Colombia).

31:30

Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:17

Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxi Pereira.

30:29

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Carlos Sánchez.

27:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colombia 1, Uruguay 0. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abel Aguilar with a headed pass.

26:34

Abel Aguilar (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:34

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

24:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:40

Delay in match Abel Aguilar (Colombia) because of an injury.

23:03

Abel Aguilar (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:03

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay).

22:26

Attempt missed. Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Rodríguez following a set piece situation.

21:45

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:45

Foul by Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay).

20:48

Attempt missed. Cristian Zapata (Colombia) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

20:47

Attempt blocked. Jackson Martínez (Colombia) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross.

20:10

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Diego Godín.

18:11

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diego Godín with a through ball.

13:02

Attempt missed. Diego Forlán (Uruguay) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

11:20

Hand ball by Diego Forlán (Uruguay).

11:09

Attempt saved. Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jackson Martínez.

8:35

Foul by Abel Aguilar (Colombia).

8:35

Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:39

Offside, Colombia. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado tries a through ball, but Mario Yepes is caught offside.

6:38

Attempt missed. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

5:52

Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:52

Foul by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay).

3:44

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:44

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

1:43

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

1:42

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:26

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:26

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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