Uruguay's Diego Forlan reacts when the half time whistle is blown during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza June 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)
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In Suarez's absence, veteran Diego Forlan is expected to come into Uruguay's front line alongside Edinson Cavani, as he did when Suarez missed his side's opening game – a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica – through injury.Speaking before Suarez's punishment was announced, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez played down the likely impact of the 27-year-old's absence against Colombia. Colombia, meanwhile, are bidding to make history by reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. On their only previous last-16 appearance, at Italia 90, a team captained by Carlos Valderrama lost 2-1 to Cameroon, with Roger Milla memorably robbing Colombia's eccentric goalkeeper Rene Higuita before scoring the decisive goal in extra time. Argentine coach Pekerman, who led his native country to the quarterfinals in 2006, will restore several first-team players to the starting lineup, including three-goal Rodriguez, after making eight changes for Tuesday's 4-1 win over Japan.
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