Colombia are the new yellow

Colombia are the new yellow
Juan Cuadrado has been in exceptional form for Colombia.

The golden boys of the 2014 World Cup continue to shine.

In front of thousands of their own fans, these yellow-shirted heroes have captivated the world with their effervescent football. The only surprise is that they're Colombian, not Brazilian.

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Thousands of Colombian fans have poured into Brazil, filling the stadium with yellow shirts and noise.

And while Luiz Felipe Scolari's men toil unspectacularly, Jose Pekerman's dark horses are galloping for the finishing line.

The Argentine coach has turned Colombia into one of the most impressive sides at this World Cup, and all without their star player.

When Radamel Falcao was injured playing for Monaco in January, it seemed that all hope was lost. How would a team that was already unfancied cope without their world class striker? The answer, it seems, was to release their world class attacking midfielder.

With Teo Gutierrez manfully working the lines, James Rodriguez has been allowed to take advantage of the space around the penalty area. And it has cost Colombia's opponents dearly. Neymar isn't the only superstar at this World Cup.

Brazil have had problems with their midfield since the tournament began.

Sometimes, it seems as if they have a vertical line of midfielders, rather than a row and the gaps available for plunder can be vast.

With Thiago Silva and David Luiz so keen to attack the ball rather than hold their position, Rodriguez is likely to enjoy himself, especially as combative midfielder Luiz Gustavo, one of the few Brazilian players to perform anywhere near his best, is suspended.

But Colombia are more than just Rodriguez. Alongside him, Juan Cuadrado, the fleet-footed winger from Fiorentina, has been in exceptional mood as well.

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