(SportingAlert.com) — Brazil and Colombia booked quarter-final places at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Saturday with victories in the round of 16.
Colombia secured their place in the quarter-final with a very impressive 2-0 victory over Uruguay, while host nation Brazil left it late to beat Chile on penalties in their encounter.
The two winners on Saturday will now face-off in one of the four quarter-final games next Friday’s in Fortaleza.
In their World Cup round of 16 game at Estadio do Maracana, rising star James Rodriguez scored a brace, including a brilliant left-footed volley, and guided Colombia to a 2-0 win over Uruguay, who were without banned forward Luis Suarez.
Rodriguez broke the deadlock with a stunning 22 yard volley that surged over the fingertips of goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, prior to hitting the crossbar and dipping into the net in the 28th minute
He then finished well from close range in the 50th minute, after beating Muslera from inside the six-yard box to score his fifth World Cup goal in four games.
Earlier on, host nation Brazil needed to come through the deadly penalty kicks to secure their spot in the last eight.
Brazil played to a 1-1 draw with Chile in Belo Horizonte and then came out victorious 3-2 on penalties, with goalkeeper Julio Cesar coming up big after he saved two Chile penalty kicks.