FIFA World Cup Round of 16: Uruguay Will Beat Colombia

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The top 16 teams of the FIFA World Cup will begin the knockout rounds on Saturday, and Uruguay is all set to beat Colombia in Rio de Janeiro. La Celeste will prove why it is the superior South American team as it makes its case for another championship in the jungles of Brazil.

Uruguay is superior to Colombia in rank, past World Cup accomplishments, and talent. Facing a group stage comprised of two top-ten previous champions and a dark horse Costa Rican squad that no one saw coming, Uruguay beat both of the more difficult and experienced teams in Group D to earn advancement.

On the other hand, Colombia’s most difficult opponent in the group stages was a toss-up between Côte d’Ivoire and Japan, neither of which is ranked in the top 20. Group C was so weak that Greece made it through as the runner-up, and the top spots were decided by which team made the least mistakes.

Not only is Uruguay a two-time World Cup winner, but the team won one of its previous championships in Brazil against the host country. “Maracanazo” is now a rally cry for Uruguayans, who were delighted to see their team upset the Brazilian squad on its own turf. The cry will be heard again in Rio after Uruguay beats Colombia and advances past the round of 16 to the 2014 World Cup Quarterfinals.

A certain other Guardian Liberty Voice writer believes that Uruguay cannot win without Luis Suárez because Diego Forlán is supposedly past his prime and Edinson Cavani is “off his game.” That writer clearly has not been watching closely, as Forlán proved he still has the ability to put the ball in the net during Thursday’s match against Italy, and Cavani had several agonizingly close opportunities against the brick wall that is the Costa Rican defense.

Both Italy and Costa Rica have a far superior back line to that of Colombia. The weaknesses in the Colombian defense will show on Saturday when Forlán, Cavani, and Christian Stuani break through and seal the win. With Suárez out, young and eager Palermo striker Abel Hernández will likely see the field and is highly capable of scoring against a feeble defense.

The writer for the Guardian Liberty Voice who thinks Colombia will win ought to check his statistics as well. Colombia was 3-8-2 in World Cup finals matches going into this tournament, having never won more than one game in each group stage. Los Cafeteros did not qualify for the last three tournaments. The easy draw for 2014 must have been a blessing, and Colombia added three more wins, but still has a minus-two goal differential overall.

Uruguay, meanwhile, is 20-18-12 in finals play with 11 more total goals for the side than against, and the team made the semifinals in 2010. Colombia might have stood a chance against the experienced, unyielding back line of La Celeste with a healthy Carlos Bacca, but the La Liga striker will play coming off of an injury, if he plays at all. Jackson Martinez has had some success with scoring in the group stage against weaker teams, but his inexperience against tougher opponents will be his undoing against Uruguay.

Colombia has a respectable team and sits on a 3-0 group stage record for 2014—albeit in arguably the easiest group—but does not have the world stage record Uruguay has. Uruguay’s more experienced and individually talented players will be enough to beat Columbia in the Round of 16 and advance to the 2014 World Cup Quarterfinals.

Commentary by Christina Jones
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81 Responses to "FIFA World Cup Round of 16: Uruguay Will Beat Colombia"

  1. Jorge Andres   July 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Christina Jones.. you are proudly an eminence in knowing anything about football … post any recipe better

  2. colombianmami   July 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This isn’t even an analytical piece. Its a rant against Colombia. How does this top team feel after losing to a “weak” team?

  3. Gregoria Cahill   July 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I can’t trust in a stupid twat that can’t even write Colombia properly.

  4. Felipe Contreras   July 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Boy did you get this one wrong. You even got the images on top of the piece wrong. Falcao, the Colombian didn’t make the team do to injury, and Suarez, the Uruguayan player…well, we all know what happened to him.

  5. Colombia tu papa   June 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm


  6. Thor   June 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Quit sports writing please!!!!

  7. hugo   June 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’m really curious to read your analysis for BRA vs COL. Please?

    • Christina Jones   June 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Unfortunately I am not covering Brazil or Colombia. I was covering Uruguay (not anymore obviously!) and I am covering Costa Rica and France. You can read my analyses on those two teams if you like.

      • Los burros   July 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

        Ohh.. You were so wrong

  8. Natty   June 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    U suck and you waated ur time writing this article

  9. Paola   June 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Ummm ok sure… you obviously know your soccer. How about your insight on Colombia Vs. Brazil? Please enlighten us!!

  10. Isabel   June 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hummmmm. Wrong … Watch what we do next!

    • Christina Jones   June 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I am excited to see what happens. I like Colombia and am rooting for them to take down Brazil! 🙂

      • Colombia #1   July 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Christina, Please root for Brazil instead 🙂 Thanks.

  11. JSG   June 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Proudcolombian I agree with you. Ms Jones is not taking into account the CURRENT form of both teams, where Uruguay had to go to playoffs with the Jordan national team. History is history, and this WC has proved us that winning past world cups means squat when your current form is poor; England, Italy, Spain – great teams out of the tournament. And not to mention the devious ways that Uruguay wins games – biting players. This is the most unsportsmanlike behavior from a player, representing his home country with “pride”, as a part of the best 23 players of his nation. Simply disgraceful. Colombia has shown more heart than Uruguay, and the results speak for themselves. Good luck MS Jones.

    • Christina Jones   June 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      You are correct; I clearly was not. 🙂 I appreciate that you refrained from name-calling, though. I am not a fan of Luis Suarez at all, and I agree with you that he is a disgrace to the sport (I’ve written about this as well). I’m happy for Colombia and I hope they beat Brazil this weekend!

      I do feel that past Championships have an effect on current squads. I go into more detail on this in my analysis of the France v Nigeria game (which I actually predicted correctly).

      Thank you for showing maturity and tact in your response. There is so little of that on the internet

  12. Proudcolombian   June 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    This is a joke, right? So ms Jones thinks that Uruguay was about to beat Colombia because they won a World Cup more than 70 years ago? You better go to talk about kitchen stuff, loser.

    • Jorge Andres   July 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hahahaha, good one

  13. María José   June 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Guess this writer got it really wrong . As shown in Colombia’s last match, the team does have quality players , that I might add play in international football teams, therefore they do have experience so please, get your facts right before talking . I believe this World Cup has really shown how history may play a major role in a teams expectations, but if we talk about development we have to see the determination and effort of the current team members, not the team members of 4 , 16 or 24 years ago. Just look how ex world champions have been eliminated by “underdogs” .

  14. asd   June 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    lol wut do u say about colombia now????

  15. Gloria   June 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Christina Jones should stay away from writing articles that require her to use her brain. This article was a waste to write and to read. How ignorant or stupid of her to speak about something she knows NOTHING about.

  16. David Duryea   June 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thank God this writer was wrong. Colombia is well on her way to the next round. And I think one of the ingredients is playing each game one game at a time! Of course Brazil is going to fight very hard but Colombia is more than able of pulling an upset on July 4th in the quarter finals! GO COLOMBIA!!!

  17. Andiago   June 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Not much else to say, results are there for everyone to see, I think the liberty voice needs another analyst, someone who looks at a brilliant present instead of a past history, sounds to me that Italy and England were not really that good, weren’t they ?

  18. you dont need to know   June 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    number 1 colombia did not advance out of the group with minus 2 goal differential they advanced with +7 goal differential

  19. Silver Bullet   June 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

    games are won on the field, not on paper!!!!, by far this is the worst world cup related article i’ve read during this champioship; you really must consider a career change, go away lady…you dont know xxxx about this sport!!!.

  20. Not of your bussines   June 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

    So yeah, guess what, Colombia won.

  21. Rick   June 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Obviously your NOT a Soccer Savvy.
    Stick to writing recipes and home décor.
    Otherwise you just sound like an idiot.

  22. Juan   June 29, 2014 at 8:10 am


  23. GorgeR   June 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

    oops, a bit off here. BTW, it’s Colombia (not Columbia).

  24. Yamil   June 29, 2014 at 7:28 am


  25. Francis Mc Fly   June 29, 2014 at 7:11 am

    X5 “There is nothing scarier than then an idiot that thinks they are bright. 2-0!”

  26. Carlos   June 29, 2014 at 5:52 am

    The author admits a mistake. It was suppose to read “Uruguay will bite a Colombian” not beat Colombia. Where do this morons come from? Viva Colombia!!!!!

  27. Rob   June 29, 2014 at 5:29 am

    In your face!! Colombia BEATS a weak Uruguay team with ease. So much for all your FEEBLE “expert” analysis. Next time you may want to consider the team’s heart before yo publish such a lopsided, obviously biased analysis. Colombia rules!!!! Uruguay is on a plane headed home!!

  28. Ben   June 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Amazing how Ignorantly confident Christina Jones puts it. Football matches are not won by team history or individual talents but by teamstrength, teamwork and tact!!! Make holistic analysis when u write!!! Shame !

  29. Mike   June 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Pobre brutica esta cristina

  30. Rodolfo   June 29, 2014 at 5:11 am

    There is nothing scarier than then an idiot that thinks they are bright. 2-0!

  31. Jackie   June 29, 2014 at 4:53 am

    hahahah this woman probably feel really dumb right now. Basically trash talking the abilities of Colombia. FYI Christina Jones Colombia won 2-0, so you should probably stop writing about sports now. CAFETEROS FOR LIFE.

  32. sandra   June 29, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Ahora es tiempo de cambios cristina…..por ejemplo que tu periodico cambie de comentarista de futbol, vete a aprender primero

  33. giuli   June 29, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Shows how much you know about football, Colombia won 2-0

  34. NJ   June 29, 2014 at 12:36 am

    With all that talk about Uruguay being so good and how they are so much better than Colombia how many goals did they get against Colombia? zero, and where are they NOW!!!!
    ya thats what I thought packing their bags and going home to be Vampires!!!!!

  35. tom   June 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    The worst part is the lack of respect she shows for Brazil calling it a “jungle”. What a bias bigot!

    • Christina Jones   June 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I absolutely meant no disrespect. Brazil is nearly 60% jungle and the stadium in Manaus is practically in the jungle. I’m perfectly aware that Brazil is more than just jungle. If I have offended any Brazilians with the comparison, though, I apologize. That was not my intention.

  36. tom   June 29, 2014 at 12:07 am

    This woman is clueless. The worst part is that she is an idiot with confidence.

  37. Ana   June 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Well don’t you feel silly….

  38. Deep Blue   June 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    i saw today an incredible team!!! they defeated Uruguay fair and square with two incredible goals!!, have you seen their great performances in previous matches? it doesnt seems to me, also you hace a pretty bad eye for soccer analysis topics, and your tone of writing is offensive and biased, zero fundaments, too much blah, blah, bleh……

  39. Sebastian   June 28, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Oh Christine do you call yourself a journalist?
    Next time try to write in a more professional way.
    I hope this article and the circumstances have told
    you a very very VERY good lesson.

  40. Keith Jarrett   June 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Really funny stuff . . . I feel you’re living on a different planet to the rest of us!
    Best seek a career elsewhere Christine. Football journalism is not your thing ! LOL
    However, It made me laugh out load reading though it . . So perhaps look at writing
    for comedy maybe ? . .. You don’t need any factual knowledge to do that .. so may
    suit you . .. Hope that helps. Cheers.

  41. Lone Eagle   June 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    LOOOOOOOOL, it makes me laugh out loud how the obsession anglo sports writers have with statistics and numbers; take note : nothing’s is written in stone in the world of soccer, and Colombia’s display of talent and great skill is a proof of that, what a great team, james rodriguez is a crack and you’re terrible soccer analyst !!!!

  42. mithdenpaf   June 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    A word of advice: if you ever truly want to be someday a serious respected journalist ( you’re clearly an amateur), you ought to stop writing such biased, triumphalistic articles… It just makes you look like a fool when the hard truth comes knocking and proves you wrong

  43. Thor   June 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    you dont know crap about soccer miss, what a lousy and biased analysis, remember this: statistics and pedigree dont win matches, quality soccer does and btw colombia’s team is far superior both in skill and teamwork, and england and italy were terrible, even with all their pedigree and statistics, jajajaja search for another job, you are wasting your life here.

  44. Luis   June 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    your article was really funny. looked like you didn´t see the first three Colombia´s matches

  45. luis   June 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Hahahaha, this is really funny to read now miss Christina Jones. I am Colombian and I am enjoying a lot with your “article”.

  46. Daniela   June 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Excuse me, where you saying something? Lol….got to agree you the previous comment!

  47. maurix suarez   June 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Christina Jones, you are the one who “ought to check the statistics”, and stop writing such biased articles about any team in general. Today the Colombian team has won not by one , but two goals. Yes, that is “2” goals, or better knows as 2-0, sending Uruguay home. While reading this article shows the lack of knowledge and poor professionalism, not to mention how immature is trash talking about other writers, just like you did. I guess that by now you really owe an apology to the writer from “the Guardian Liberty Voice”, but to any audience that may visit your site. Honestly, I think as journalist you have much to learn, and as a sport writer I don’t think you’re really qualified to talk about it…..

  48. garmasword   June 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    your ignorance blinds us dear writer, you better take those words back

  49. Gus   June 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    What a miguided article that ultimately has proven the writer (and her lack of knowledge and foresight) wrong. Lady, you’re in the wrong profession.

  50. Julian   June 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Oh Christina how did this article turn out for you? Goes to show you anything can happen in football

  51. Teklado   June 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This commentator is so clueless.

  52. Alejandro   June 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    @Christina Jones. Please do humanity a favor and don’t write anymore commentaries.

  53. shane   June 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Christina , first you should watch and learn what soccer is. do not act like a fool. please stop writing lies about football.

  54. sun   June 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    First you put pictures of two players that are not in the world cup,
    a little misinformed there? Then you write “Uruguay’s more experienced and individually talented players will be enough to beat Columbia in the Round of 16 and advance to the 2014 World Cup Quarterfinals.”
    Well said Christina, in that you are right, cause in that fantasy world of yours there is a country called “Columbia” and then you take into account statistics, and wins from 60 years ago??? wow !!!

  55. Daniel   June 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Colombia won and played better than uruguay….Your article sucks and you know nothing about soccer.

  56. Aaron Brennan   June 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Lol! Columbia won!

  57. Luis   June 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Such a biased article. I’m so glad Colombia beat Uruguay and sent them home crying.

  58. Jules   June 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Christina is an idiot

  59. Cavani   June 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Christina as an oracle is a good fotball player

  60. elcanibalsuarez   June 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I would have loved to see the look on your face when Colombia won. What was the score? 2-0, right. Oh and did Hernandez get a shot on goal? Are you Uruguayan? Much Love De un Colombiano.

  61. Juan R   June 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Ms. Jones, in the future try not to be so ignorant.
    You failed to mention that Uruguay was seriously btreaten by a “weaker” Costa Rica side and struggled to beat the other oponents.
    My tip is next time don’t be bias because of statistics, football is not about that.

  62. james rodrigues   June 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Christina you’re right. LOL

  63. Maria   June 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Wow .. What a dumb article .. The past does not mean much in this 2014 World Cup . If it did Spain should be around and so per these dumb writers no new players can be better than the old , no new strategies can be learnt , n btw the coach himself acknowledged kicking Suarez out was like kicking Uruguay out of the World Cup .,
    These writers have obviously not seen the way Columbia is playing n the sad / rough way Uruguay plays / played .
    Better writing pl …

  64. Daniel Campbell   June 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    hahahahahaha woooow

  65. Karthik Pillai   June 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Now that Colombia beat Uruguay, hope the future writers will never glorify or demean team based on its past statistics especially the stats which are decades old.

  66. Saturn Plogger   June 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, what a dumb article. Now that Colombia has kicked Uruguay’s butt what do you have to say about that? Dork!

  67. sebastian   June 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    And colombia beat uruGAY.. the author is an idiot.

  68. Andres M.   June 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    What a biased review. Hopefully the author will remember today’s match every time he tries to use obsolete statistics.

  69. Joseph HolyKnight Victory   June 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm


  70. Luis   June 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    So now that Colombia is winning 2-0, what are your thoughts? Moron! Let’s go colombia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Courtney Anderson   June 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Uruguay fanatics all the way!

  72. Andres Perez   June 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

    someone is an Uruguay fanatic….. by the way this is the SPI (soccer power index) done by espn so the ranked higher thing is wrong. Plus Uruguay just lost their star player so on top of loosing their best morale is going to be down because of it. The fact they won 2 world cups has nothing to do with how strong they are THIS world cup as it’s different people playing (last world cup won was in like 1950). Even if they won LAST world cup wouldn’t matter considering last world spain beat netherlands yet in this one netherlands beat spain 5 to 1.Terrible and very one sided piece of work.


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