James and Cuadrado give Colombia win over Ecuador

  • first half
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  • second half
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Ecuador

26' Luis Caicedo

57' Out Ángel Mena in Caicedo

58' Out Enner Valencia in Gabriel Cortez

60' Luis Caicedo

65' Out Oyola in Achilier

74' Achilier

84' Jefferson Orejuéla

Colombia

19' James

33' Cuadrado

39' Zapata

65' Out Aguilar in Daniel Torres

72' Out Edwin Cardona in Mateus Uribe

83' Out Santiago Arias in Bacca

ECUADOR 0 - 2 COLOMBIA

James and Cuadrado give Colombia win over Ecuador

James and Cuadrado give Colombia win over Ecuador

HENRY ROMERO

REUTERS

With goals from Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Juventus' Juan Cuadrado Colombia strengthen their position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table.

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez shrugged off his obscene gesture controversy with a match-winning display as Colombia beat Ecuador 2-0 to edge closer to the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

James leads his country amid outrage

Rodriguez, the golden boy of Colombian football, had ignited a firestorm of outrage after he was photographed giving the middle finger to journalists outside the team's training ground on Friday. The gesture was widely criticized across social media in Colombia, where the baby-faced attacking midfielder is an idol.

However Rodriguez showed no sign of being hampered by the controversy on Tuesday as Colombia secured a crucial 2-0 win in Quito. He opened the scoring after 20 minutes, when he bundled in a superb cross from Carlos Bacca to give Colombia a crucial 1-0 lead.

Rodriguez then turned provider for Colombia's second goal, latching onto a clever lofted pass by Edwin Cardona before squaring for Juventus star Juan Cuadrado to score.

Juan Cuadrado scores against Ecuador.

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It was the second time in as many games Rodriguez had proved crucial in a Colombia victory following his decisive penalty against Bolivia last week.

Tuesday's win lifted the Colombians into second place in South America's qualifying standings with 24 points from 14 games. 

Clasificación Mundial Sudamérica

Table PTS W D L
1Brasil 30 9 3 1
2Colombia 24 7 3 4
3Uruguay 23 7 2 4
Full standing

*Update 29 de marzo de 2017

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