10 interesting stats ahead of Colombia vs Uruguay

1 – Uruguay have won both matches at this World Cup in which Luis Suárez has played but lost their only game he missed. The striker is suspended for the rest of the competition.

2 – Uruguay have lost both World Cup matches in their last two tournaments in the absence of Luis Suárez (2010 semi-final and first match at this World Cup).

2 – The two meetings between these nations in qualifying split the points with the home team winning on both occasions. Colombia won their home fixture 4-0 whilst Uruguay won 2-0 in Montevideo.

3 – Colombia had won a total of 3 games at the four previous World Cups combined. They have won all 3 of their games at Brazil 2014 so far.

3 – Colombia’s James Rodríguez and Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored in all three of their group matches.

5 – For the second successive World Cup, 5 CONMEBOL nations have reached the second round. Four years ago all five nations made it, this year South America had six entrants, with Ecuador the only side to drop out at the group stage. Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia have all made it this year.

7 – The Ivory Coast and Uruguay were the dirtiest teams in the group stage, both picking up 7 yellow cards. For Uruguay it was 6 yellows and 1 red, whilst Ivory Coast picked up 7 yellow cards. Honduras got away with 5 yellow cards and 1 red.

9 – Colombia picked up 9 points and finished top of their group for the first time in their history.

9 – Uruguay have scored in 9 consecutive World Cup matches.

43 – At 43 years and 3 days, Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón became the oldest player in World Cup history when he made a cameo appearance at the end of their 4-1 victory over Japan.