Thanks to the magic of James Rodriguez, Colombia went the distance in Group C of the FIFA World Cup and received a certified passport to the final stage, although it will play Uruguay, a rival with plenty of self confidence.
Colombians deployed a marvelous attack game in the group stage, which achieved a perfect performance and perfect nine point score.
“We are very happy, obviously. In this first stage we have kept our pace, scored goals and managed to overcome difficulties. Our particular idiosyncracies have also worked well,” said the Argentine Jose Pekerman, coach of Colombia.
Meanwhile worries remain about Argentina, which also qualified, yet despite having Messi, seems to forget good soccer.
The great surprise of this FIFA World Cup has been Costa Rica, the great giant killer, who emerged the unbeaten leader of the deadly Group D.
The Costa Ricans commanded the group with seven points out of a possible nine after beating Uruguay (3-1) and Italy (1-0) and tying yesterday with England (0-0), three-time world champion.
Meanwhile pressure and hopes are rising in the run-up to next Saturday’s match between the host and Chile.