Samba Sunrise: Rodriguez special stuns Uruguay
What they say
"Chile may have lost but football won tonight. Not even Fred's awful facial hair could take anything away from the game of the tournament. Match Entertainment Value: 11/10."
FFT's Dominic Neo, Brazil 1 Chile 1 (3-2 on penalties)
"Two superb goals from James Rodriguez secured the victory; the first a brilliant individual strike, while the second a fantastic team effort. A startling reminder of how devastating the Colombians can be when they click. Match Entertainment Value: 7.5/10"
FFT/938Live's Noah Tan, Colombia 2 Uruguay 0
James Rodriguez says he has fulfilled a life-long dream after scoring twice to lead Colombia into the quarter-finals at the World Cup. "It's historic, a dream come true," said Rodriguez, who has now scored seven goals in his past six international games.
"I always wanted to score in the Maracana and now I have."
Meanwhile, a tearful Julio Cesar basked in his redemption after helping host nation Brazil to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The goalkeeper was at fault as Brazil crashed out four years ago but came up big this time with two saves as Brazil beat Chile 3-2 on penalties at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
"Four years ago, I took one, upset, sad emotional interview. And now I am repeating (it) with happiness," he said.
Luis Suarez denied biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in evidence submitted to FIFA before the Uruguay star's punishment was handed down. He said: "At that moment of impact, it forced me to bend my knees and lose balance and I ended up falling on the opponent (Chiellini)."
"I slammed my face against the player, leaving a small bruise and sharp pain in the teeth - therefore the referee stopped the game."
Lukas Podolski will miss Germany's World Cup last-16 clash with Algeria on Tuesday due to a thigh injury. Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that the Arsenal man will play no part against Algeria in Porto Alegre after pulling a muscle against the United States.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann is confident striker Jozy Altidore will be fit enough to play a part against Belgium on Wednesday. Altidore has played just 23 minutes of his country's World Cup campaign after sustaining what looked to be a serious hamstring injury in the USA's 2-1 win over Ghana on June 17.
Pablo Zabaleta has warned that Argentina must balance their attacking flair with defensive stability or face elimination from the World Cup. Even though they qualified with maximum points, Argentina showed defensive frailties in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria, while they also looked vulnerable at the back in the 1-0 triumph against Iran.
Nigeria can shock France if they employ the same tactics that saw them lose narrowly to Argentina, according to former striker Nwankwo Kanu. "If we play the way the Eagles did against Argentina - lay back, defend and attack on the break - we will beat them," he said.
Louis van Gaal has called for water breaks to be permitted when the Netherlands face Mexico in the Fortaleza heat on Monday. Temperatures are set to soar for the World Cup last-16 clash at Estadio Castelao and intense humidity is also a concern for Van Gaal.
An England football fan had part of his ear bitten off by a fellow supporter at the World Cup, reports claim. The incident apparently took place during England's 2-1 Group D defeat to Uruguay, according to a statement attributed to the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Islam Slimani has challenged his teammates to channel the spirit of the Algerian team of 1982, who stunned West Germany 2-1 at the World Cup in Spain, and qualify for the quarter-finals. The man that sent Algeria into the round of 16 of the World Cup has urged his teammates to "keep this dream going".
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