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James Rodriguez (center) is top scorer in the World Cup © Getty Images

 

Cotia (Brazil): Jul 2, 2014

 

Colombia defender Carlos Valdes praised teammate James Rodriguez for his role during the FIFA World Cup 2014 but also stressed on the fact that the team as a whole is most important. Colombia will face hosts Brazil in the quarterfinals Friday after defeating Uruguay 2-0 in the Round of 16 with both goals coming from Rodriguez, reports EFE.

“Neymar is a great player and important for Brazil. But James Rodríguez also is important for us. Brings a lot to the team,” said the San Lorenzo de Almagro defender.

About facing tough rivals Brazil, Valdes said: “This team has grown not only on the field, but mentally too. We are going to face a strong rival and the important thing is to be prepared.”

The two teams will meet at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza to decide who will qualify for the semifinals.

 

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