Colombia and Uruguay’s only previous World Cup encounter was in the group stages of the 1962 tournament; the Celeste won 2-1 despite Colombia opening the scoring. It is Colombia’s only previous game against a fellow South American team at the World Cup.
Uruguay have won six of their last eight encounters with Colombia (D1 L1).
Uruguay won their first five World Cup games against South American teams but have lost their last two (v Brazil in 1970 and Argentina in 1986).
The last nine encounters between Colombia and Uruguay have produced 32 goals; an average of 3.6 per game.
Colombia have reached the last 16 of the World Cup for the second time in their history after 1990 when they were knocked out by Cameroon (1-2 after extra-time).
It’s also the first time that Colombia have finished top of their group at the World Cup.
Colombia have won as many games at this year’s World Cup (3) as they did in their previous 13 games in the competition (3).
This is already Colombia’s most prolific World Cup in terms of goals scored (9 after 3 games).
Nine of Colombia’s last 11 goals at the World Cup have been scored in the second-half.
This is the second time in a row that Uruguay have reached the last 16 of the World Cup (2010, 2014), the first time they have achieved this in consecutive tournaments since 1986-1990.
Uruguay have won two of the three World Cups that they’ve played on South American soil (1930, 1950).
Uruguay have scored in each of their last nine World Cup games – the last time they failed to find the net was against France on 11 June 2010.
James Rodriguez has scored three goals and delivered two assists in 225 minutes at this World Cup, an average of a goal / assist every 45 minutes. He’s already been involved in more goals than any other Colombian in World Cup history (5).
Rodriguez has scored in each of his last five games for Colombia.
Diego Godin’s last three goals have come in the Spanish title decider against Barcelona, the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the clash against Italy that saw Uruguay qualify for the last 16.
Luis Suarez has missed two games at the World Cup since 2010. Both were defeats for Uruguay (Netherlands in the 2010 semi-final and Costa Rica in the 2014 group stages).