Colombia Beats Uruguay 2-0, Will Meet Brazil in World Cup Match
The host nation was tied with Chile 1-1 after 120 minutes of play, and advanced when Neymar made his final round penalty and Gonzalo Jara missed his to make it 3-2 in Belo Horizonte. Colombia got two goals from James Rodriguez to beat Uruguay and will play in its first-ever tournament quarterfinal July 4.
“It’s a unique moment in our lives. I said before if I was to cry afterwards, I hope it’s crying with happiness,” Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. “We found strength to resolve the situation. Now there are three games left.”
Jara’s penalty kick hit the post and bounced away to allow the hosts to win the shootout.
Brazil, a record five-time champion, hasn’t been knocked out in the round of 16 since 1990. Coming into yesterday’s match, Brazil had won 48, drawn 13 and lost just seven of its 68 meetings with Chile. Brazil had scored 159 goals while allowing Chile 58.
Brazil hasn’t lost a World Cup penalty shootout since 1986, when it went out to France in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians beat Italy on penalties to win the final in 1994 and downed the Netherlands in a shootout in the 1998 semifinals.
“Thank you players, Brazil believes in you,” Brazil President Dilma Rousseff wrote on her Twitter account.
The hosts took the lead when David Luiz escaped defender Jara during a corner kick in the 18th minute. While tournament organizer FIFA credited Luiz with the goal -- his first for the national team -- video appeared to show Jara putting the ball into his own goal.
Alexis Sanchez tied the match after a teammate intercepted a backpass from Hulk and moved it quickly to the forward, who poked it past Julio Cesar in the 32nd minute.
Ten minutes into the second half it appeared that Hulk had made amends as he took control of a long pass in front of the goal and knocked the ball past Claudio Bravo in Chile’s net. English referee Howard Webb ruled the striker used his arm to bring down the ball, disallowed the goal and gave Hulk a yellow card.
In the second period of extra time, Chile defenders packed the area in front of their goal, requiring Brazil to go past several rows of players to attack. They soaked up pressure and then with the period nearly over, Chile used a quick counterattack to get the ball to Mauricio Pinilla, whose shot hit the cross bar and bounced away.
“We should have scored earlier and finished it off,” Chilean goalkeeper Bravo said. “We felt we could win but it didn’t turn out like that.”
In the day’s late game, Rodriguez scored in both halves and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina stymied Uruguay, including on a Maxi Pereira point-blank shot with 10 minutes left.
“We played a great first half,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman told journalists. “In the second half, we retreated but we stayed calm.”
Uruguay was without striker Luis Suarez for the match in Rio de Janeiro after his suspension for biting an Italian player in an earlier game. Coach Oscar Tabarez put Diego Forlan up front with Suarez’s usual partner, Edinson Cavani. Coming into the match, Uruguay had beaten Colombia 18 times, drawn nine and lost 11.
Difficult to Beat
“We weren’t among the favorites: our aim was to be a difficult team to beat and we achieved that,” Tabarez said. The team put the suspension in the past “and tried to be positive, to be courageous and strong.”
Rodriguez is the first player to score in his four games of a World Cup since 2002. His five goals make him the leading scorer at the tournament.
For his first, Rodriguez controlled a pass with his chest outside Uruguay’s penalty area in the 28th minute and turned to volley it past Fernando Muslera. In the opening minutes of the second period, he met Juan Cuadrado’s pass and poked it past Muslera.
Suarez told FIFA’s disciplinary committee that he accidentally fell face first into Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini when he lost his balance and his teeth went into the opponent’s shoulder.
Suarez was given a record ban for violent conduct in a World Cup game, including nine official games for Uruguay and a four-month suspension from all soccer activity.
In a written submission to the panel, Suarez, 27, said the incident, 12 minutes before the end of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on June 24, was an accident.
“I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,” Suarez said.
The seven-member FIFA group, headed by Switzerland’s Claudio Sulser, disagreed, saying the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.”
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