Jun 28, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Colombia
2-0
Uruguay
Rodriguez (28', 50')
Armero (0')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Gimenez (55'), Lugano (76')

Alvaro Pereira: 'Luis Suarez ban not an excuse for defeat'

Defender Alvaro Pereira refuses to use Luis Suarez's ban as an excuse for Uruguay's defeat to Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira has refused to use Luis Suarez's ban as an excuse for the team's defeat to Colombia in the second round of the World Cup.

Suarez was recently handed a nine-match international suspension after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Without the striker, Uruguay were beaten 2-0 by fellow South Americans Colombia on Saturday night.

"It's true it's not been an easy week, but we're not looking for excuses: they deserved to win," Pereira told FIFA.com. "We knew that Colombia are great on the ball, which is why we tried to press them high.

"We were doing it well until that wonder goal came, which changed everything. After the break we went out looking for the equaliser but then they scored a second, which hit us hard."

Colombia's reward for defeating Uruguay is a quarter-final clash with hosts Brazil.

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez reacts past Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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