Colombia will play Uruguay on Saturday in the World Cup 2014 Last 16 with most of the pre-match talk not being about the actual game, but about banned Uruguayan player Luis Suarez. However, the focus will switch back to the football today as both teams fight for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. ET, and will be shown on TV on the ABC network, or online through free live stream (details below).
Luis Suarez is out of today's game after receiving a strong suspension and penalty for his bite against the Italians in his team's final group game earlier this week. Uruguay have been left outraged at the harshness of the suspension, and the footballing world has been split with many others saying FIFA got their decision spot on, and others still saying that the ban was not strong enough for a player being found guilty of biting an opponent for the third time.
However, once the match kicks off, all the talking will have to stop and the focus will be on whether Suarez's teammates can perform without their best player and star striker.
They looked a difference side in their final two games with Suarez on the pitch than their opening encounter where they were destroyed in a shock loss to Costa Rica with Suarez out injured.
If they cannot maintain the form that saw Uruguay defeat both England and Italy then they could be on their way out today, as Colombia have been in great form in the World Cup so far.
Even though many may feel sorry for Uruguay being without their star player for this Last 16 tie, people should not forget that Colombia lost their star striker Radamel Falcao to injury before the tournament even began, and they have pushed on without him and been one of the most effective teams in attack at the World Cup so far.
Falcao scored nine of Colombia's 27 goals in qualifying, but without him they have still scored nine goals in just three group games. They have amazingly scored 31 percent of their shots on goal in the tournament so far, which is the best of any nation in the World Cup.
Today's big game between Colombia and Uruguay will kick off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ABC network or online through free live stream by clicking here.