"--IANS/EFE"
Cotia (Brazil), July 2 (IANS/EFE) Colombia defender Carlos Valdes praised teammate James Rodriguez for his role during the World Cup 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.

--IANS/EFE

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