World Cup 2014: Colombia vs Uruguay – strengths, weaknesses and key men

A look ahead to the Last 16 encounter between these sides

Colombia

Strengths

They have arrived at the World Cup with a wonderfully well-balanced attacking team, built around the creative talents of James Rodriguez and the pace on the wings of Victor Ibarbo and Juan Cuadrado.

Weaknesses

Colombia have not had to do much defending so far, and a good side could test out the discipline of their holding midfielders or the centre-back Mario Yepes’ pace on the turn.

Key man

Rodriguez has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far. The little No 10 has scored three times – including a wonderful chip against Japan – and had a hand in four other goals.

 

Uruguay

Strengths

They showed in their wins over England and Italy that they are a resilient unit, making up for individual deficiencies with tremendous application and a clear shared sense of how they play as a team.

Weaknesses

They would not be here without Luis Suarez and it remains to be seen how they will cope without him, and whether their sense of indignation – however misplaced – will distract them.

Edinson Cavani must step up Edinson Cavani must step up  

Key man

With no Suarez, there will be even more pressure on his strike partner Edinson Cavani to produce single-handed brilliance. He has the full range of skills to win games on his own, but he will have to show it.

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