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James Rodriguez: Goals are a given with Duvan Zapata, Radamel Falcao

Playmaker James Rodriguez said scoring is not a problem for Colombia, with strikers Radamel Falcao and Duvan Zapata in their ranks.

He made the comments after Zapata, the second-most prolific player in Serie A last season, scored for the second match running to send Colombia into the Copa America quarter-finals with a late header to see off Qatar 1-0 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

On Zapata's winner four minutes from time, Rodriguez said: "We are on the right path.

"When you have Falcao and Duvan in your side, scoring is a given."

The match-winner, meanwhile, praised his side's patience in Sao Paulo.

Said Zapata: "It was difficult, but we showed patience and mustered the winning goal...

"They said I couldn't play together with Falcao, but we showed that we could play with two strikers."

Colombia's all-time top scorer Falcao came on in the second half to play alongside Zapata as they chased the winner.

The result means Colombia top Group B with maximum points after two matches.

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