World Cup: Rodriguez confident about meeting Brazil

By Tom Williams

Colombia's James Rodriguez, left, waves to supporters following Colombia's 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Photo / AP
Colombia's James Rodriguez, left, waves to supporters following Colombia's 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Photo / AP

World Cup sensation James Rodriguez says Colombia will feel "no pressure" against Brazil in the quarter-finals after inspiring his side to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay.

The 22-year-old scored a contender for goal of the tournament with an exquisite volley in the 28th minute of Sunday's last-16 game at the Maracana before doubling his tally shortly after halftime.

Colombia will now face the hosts in Fortaleza on Saturday and Rodriguez believes his side's four consecutive wins in the tournament mean Brazil will have to take them seriously.

"There's no pressure," said the Monaco playmaker. "Obviously we have to watch Brazil closely [but] we have good players and we can be dangerous. I think it's going to be a beautiful match."

Rodriguez's man-of-the-match display prompted Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez to liken him to Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, but he was modest in his own assessment of his performance.

"I only want to help the team," said Rodriguez, who is now the tournament's top scorer with five goals.

"I'm playing at a good level. We're scoring goals and I'm happy because of that."

Although Brazil needed penalties to overcome Chile after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 tie, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said his side would not underestimate them.

"Having come through such a difficult match as Brazil did, it always raises the level of confidence because they are already in the quarter-finals and they're approaching the final stages," he said. "We know the potential that Brazil have. It will be a great match."

- AAP

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