By CASSIDY GABRIEL
Colombia’s most productive talisman of the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez, was out to impress once again in his side’s 2-0 victory over Uruguay. With his heroic goal-scoring prowess and one of the finest goals of the tournament thus far, Rodríguez pushed Colombia to advance past the Round of 16 for the first time in World Cup history.
The AS Monaco midfielder hit a left-footed volley off the underside of the crossbar and past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the 28th minute. Shortly after halftime, he slotted home a headed layoff from teammate Juan Cuadrado to secure Colombia’s lead.
With today’s result, the 22-year-old playmaker is now the leading contender for the tournament’s Golden Boot award. He is also the only player to have scored at least one goal in each of his first four matches of this World Cup.
Rodríguez’s game-changing, two-goal performance earned him SBI Man of the Match honors. He narrowly beat out teammate and goal architect Juan Cuadrado, and Uruguay’s Cristian Rodríguez in the process.
What did you think of Colombia’s dominant Round of 16 performance? Will young star James Rodríguez take home the Golden Boot award of Brazil 2014? Who was your Man of the Match?
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