Colombia’s Mario Yepes and Jackson Martinez have warned of the threat posed by Uruguay ahead of their FIFA World Cup last-16 clash.
Having progressed from Group C with a 100 per cent record, Colombia, even in the absence of talismanic striker Radamel Falcao, have been one of the most impressive sides at the tournament.
By contrast, their opponents in Rio de Janeiro today come into the game reeling from the news that star man Luis Suarez has been given a nine-match international ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in their final group fixture on Tuesday.
Yepes, who sat out the 4-1 thrashing of Japan on the same day, underlined the importance of not taking their South American neighbours lightly.
“I believe that Uruguay are a difficult opponent and should be respected as we did with our group rivals,” he said.