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Brazil had promised there would be a time where the world would finally see a special player.

He wears a yellow shirt emblazoned with the number 10 and produces moments of magic which mere mortals can scarcely dream of replicating -- unless on their games console.

He's 22 years of age -- a player with quick feet, a mind which sees each and every move before his opponents have drawn breath, a player who can score a goal when for all the world it appears impossible.

What Brazil didn't promise is that he would wear the yellow of Colombia -- and his name is James Rodriguez.

While Neymar might be the face of this World Cup, Rodriguez is the man that football fans have fallen for.

His two strikes propelled Colombia to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay and into its first ever World Cup quarterfinal where it will play Brazil and made him top scorer in the tournament with five goals.

It promises to be some occasion in Fortaleza where the two 22-year-old stars will take to the same field -- but if Rodriguez reproduces this performance, Brazil will surely be heading out.

In Colombia, they call him "El Nuevo Pibe" -- the New Kid -- the man who takes on the mantle of former Colombian great Carlos Valderrama.

Valderrama, known as "El Pibe" is widely acknowledged as the greatest Colombian to have kicked a ball -- though even he expects that to change.

This contest was an example of the New Kid rising to the top.

Sometimes you witness something so special that it's difficult to imagine quite how it came to pass.

Perhaps on Friday night, Rodriguez went to sleep and dreamed of how he'd score the perfect World Cup goal.

But even then, as the moon looked down upon Rio de Janeiro, it is doubtful that Rodriguez would have envisaged scoring a goal so perfect that it will no doubt be played over and over for years to come.

Make no mistake -- Rodriguez's volleyed strike, which would have caused a gasp and a sharp intake of breath from those watching around the world, was a moment never to be forgotten.

That will be clear once kids across Colombia, Brazil and indeed across the world, begin trying to recreate the goal scored by football's latest sensation.

It would be wrong to call Rodriguez a new star -- he moved to French club Monaco from Porto last year for around $65 million.

But his emergence on the international stage has captured the imagination of those who have yet to witness the talented playmaker in action.

His two goals helped secure Colombia's place in Friday's quarterfinal against a Brazil side which sneaked past Chile courtesy of a penalty shootout victory.

While it may be the host nation, Brazil will surely feel more pressure and anxiety at the thought of facing this Colombia team -- a side which plays with a style and swagger which Luiz Scolari's men have so far lacked.

That everyone who walked out of the Maracana after the game was speaking about Rodriguez was a testament to the player but also ensured another star name was temporarily forgotten at least.

After all, much of the lead up to the game had focused on one man -- a man who was nowhere to be seen.

Luis Suarez, banned for four months from all football and suspended for nine international games following his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, may have been absent from the Maracana, but his shadow loomed large.

Uruguay's players gathered in the dressing room to take photos of themselves holding his shirt, while the entire country has remained defiant in the defense of its hero.

FIFA confirmed to CNN that the Uruguayan Football Association will appeal Suarez's ban -- but he will certainly take no further part in this World Cup.

Instead, back at home in Uruguay, he could only watch on as his teammates were brushed aside by a vibrant, exciting and hugely talented Colombian side.