In yet another Inter – American battle, an impressive Colombian side takes on Uruguay in the second round of 16 fixtures at the Mecca of Brazilian football, the Maracana, on Sunday night or June 29, 2014 at 1:30 am IST (Effectively Monday morning).
Venue – Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro; Date -29th June 2014; Time – 1:30 am IST;
Where to Watch Live:
US viewers can watch the game on ESPN and ABC while the live streaming online will be available HERE. Australians can click HERE to watch the game online, while those in Africa and South Africa, can view the match HERE. In India, the live coverage will be on TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For live streaming of the match click HERE in India. In Pakistan PTV Sport is the only channel with FIFA live broadcasting rights and all FIFA World Cup matches will be shown live on PTV Sport. Click HEREfor online live streaming in Pakistan.
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Both sides qualified to the next round in contrasting styles. Colombia picked up all 9 points from their group stage and topped the charts by playing some pulsating football, whereas Uruguay scratched and clawed their way to the next round thanks to a last ditched effort against Italy. Both sides will be familiar with the conditions however, and it will indeed be an evenly contested contest. But Colombia’s impressive run in the tournament will make them the hot favorites to nail the fixture and also progress to the next round.
Key factors in the match
Uruguay’s qualification will be overshadowed by an ‘act of barbarism’ by striker Luis Suarez. His bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini not only earned him a 9 match suspension but also a 4 month general footballing ban imposed on him. He will be unavailable for the rest of their campaign and the side just looks plain without him.
Colombia’s hopes were gutted with an injury to star player Falcao. But they have just found the right replacement in young prodigy James Rodriguez. The Monaco star has already netted 3 goals and piled up 2 assists in the group stages and he will be raring to go against Uruguay.
Colombia has scored 9 goals in the group stages when compared to Uruguay’s mere 4.
Colombia average over 2.5 goals a game in their last 5 world cup encounters James Rodriguez has been hailed as the best player of the world cup so far by pundits and the youngster has 3 goals to his name already. Uruguay have won six of their last eight encounters with Colombia The last nine encounters between Colombia and Uruguay have produced 32 goals.
Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 2-0 to Colombia
BBC: 2-1 to Colombia
SB Nation: 2-0 to Colombia
Bleacher Report: 2-0