James Rodríguez is rolling back the years at the Copa América

The Colombia captain has been involved in more goals than any other player at the tournament. It’s like 2014 again

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

Cast your mind back to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, specifically the last 16 meeting between Colombia and Uruguay. James Rodríguez stole the show. Colombia won 2-0 and he scored both goals, the first of which was voted the goal of the tournament and went on to win the Puskás Award. Rodríguez was 25 yards from the Uruguay goal when he controlled a header from Juan Cuadrado on his chest before swivelling and unleashing an unstoppable shot past Fernando Muslera without even looking at the goal.

In the decade since, the teams have met six times, with Colombia only winning once – and that was on penalties. Uruguay have held the upper hand and Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been impressive at the Copa América, winning all three of their group games before beating Brazil in the quarter-finals. They are also flying in World Cup qualifying, having beaten Brazil and Argentina, and are motivated to win their 16th Copa América title, which would re-establish them as the most decorated team in the tournament’s history.

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