Colombia are suddenly looking like a massive threat to crash the party in World Cup qualifying and snatch one of the top four slots in South America. They were at their best on Friday and they laid a complete beatdown on Uruguay. All of Colombia's players were at their best while Uruguay looked sluggish in a stellar 4-0 victory for the Cafeteros.
Radamel Falcao set the tone for the match two minutes in, scoring from close range off of a cross by Camilo Zuñiga. Aldo Ramires got nothing but air on his attempt to turn in the cross, but the ball fell to Falcao, who finished calmly. Colombia dominated the first half, but couldn't score a second goal before halftime.
It didn't take long for the home side to assert their dominance and take advantage of their opponents' shortcomings in the second half. Twice in a four-minute period, James Rodriguez set up Teo Gutierrez for goals, putting Colombia 3-0 up by the 51st minute. At that point, Uruguay looked completely devastated and the match was all but over. Zuñiga added the exclamation point, scoring a brilliant goal in stoppage time.