In today's second match, Colombia takes on Uruguay, with the winner possibly facing hosts Brazil in the quarterfinals.

How they got here

Colombia topped Group C, looking every bit a title contender with wins over Greece, Ivory Coast, and Japan; collecting all 9 available points.

Uruguay opened their account with a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica - a result not many saw coming - but bounced back to see off both England and Italy.


Worth noting

Colombia and Uruguay aren't strangers to one another, having already met twice before during the qualifying stages.  Colombia beat Uruguay 4-0, while Uruguay later returned the favor with a 2-0 win.

Los Cafeteros also seem to have adjusted just fine without star striker Radamel Falcao, who suffered a knee injury earlier in the year, and couldn't recover in time to make the trip to Brazil.  They have never made it past the second round, whereas Uruguay have already won the World Cup twice before (1930, 1950).

Uruguay, surprise semifinalists in 2010, is once again forced to make do without the services of Luis Suarez, who was handed a 4-month ban from football by FIFA on the heels of yet another biting incident, the victim this time being Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.  We've already seen what can happen to Uruguay when playing without Suarez.


What it will come down to

Without Suarez, the burden of providing the goals now falls on the shoulders of Edinson Cavani; a very capable striker in his own right.  However, this may prove to be too much, as Uruguay haven't exactly lit up the scoreboard like their opponents have.  Colombia currently has the momentum, and should be making its first quarterfinal appearance at when all is said and done.