Uruguay rendered toothless as Rodriguez shines

Uruguay followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was eclipsed by a goal of spectacular beauty by Colombia’s young star James Rodriguez.

It was going to take something very special to stop this match being all about Suarez – and 22-year-old Rodriguez provided it with the first of his two goals to set up a 2-0 win for a Colombian side who have made light of the injury-related absence of their own missing striker Radamel Falcao.

Rodriguez, a team-mate of Falcao’s at Monaco, scored the goal of the tournament so far and has emerged as one of the outstanding players of the World Cup, with five goals now to his name.

His moment of brilliance came in the 28th minute when Abel Aguilar looped a high header to the edge of the penalty box, and Rodriguez – after a quick glance towards goal – controlled it on his chest and hit a magnificent volley on the turn that skimmed over the goalkeeper’s fingertips and crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

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