MATCH CENTRE

TUE 24 JUNE 2014, 22:00, ARENA PANTANAL

1
VS
4

Colombia crush Japan, finish top

by Neil Greig

Wed June 25, 00:27

Colombia have sealed maximum points in Group C and booked a Last 16 clash with Uruguay after they crushed Japan 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Colombians were very impressive in securing wins over Greece and Cote d'Ivoire earlier in the tournament and were already assured of qualification with a draw against Japan good enough to secure their passage as group winners.

But Japan came into the game knowing that they needed to win and hope the result between Cote d'Ivoire and Greece went their way in order for them to progress.

Colombia continued their fine form and winning streak and went ahead just after the quarter-hour mark as Juan Cuadrado drive in a penalty after Yasuyuki Konno had fouled Adrian Ramos.

Japan responded well as Shinji Kagawa got into space on the edge of the area before firing in a shot that was tipped behind by ‘keeper David Ospina.

For Japan, Keisuke Honda then went close after his free kick narrowly flew wide of the right-hand post in the 33rd minute.

Then Japan equalised as Okazaki headed home Honda's right-wing cross with the final touch of the half.

But ten minutes into the second half and the in-form Colombians went ahead after Martinez fired a low shot beyond Eiji Kawashima.

Martinez doubled his tally in the 82nd minute with a composed effort before Kagawa put an effort wide of goal from close range.

There was a piece of history made five minutes before the end when 43-year-old goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon was brought on in place of Ospina to become the oldest player in World Cup history. Mondragon will be retiring after the tournament.

James Rodriguez then showed all of his ability in the 90th minute to round off the game after he beat Maya Yoshida and finished past Kawashima.

 

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA PANTANAL
JAPAN GOALS COLOMBIA GOALS
9. Shinji Okazaki (45') 11. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (17')
21. Jackson Martinez (55')
21. Jackson Martinez (82')
10. James Rodriguez (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
JAPAN STARTING LINEUP COLOMBIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
85'
1
Defender
2
Defender
23
Defender
22
16
Defender
16'
15
Defender
7
Defender
5
Defender
4
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
62'
14
Midfielder
63'
13
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
17'
46'
11
Forward/Striker
4
Midfielder
46'
20
Forward/Striker
85'
10
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
45'
69'
9
Forward/Striker
55'
82'
21
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hotaru Yamaguchi
Midfielder
62'
16
Aldo Ramirez
Midfielder
46'
5
Yoichiro Kakitani
Forward/Striker
69'
11
James Rodriguez
Midfielder
46'
10
Hiroshi Kiyotake
Forward/Striker
85'
8
Faryd Mondragon
Goalkeeper
85'
22
CARDS
Yasuyuki Konno
Defender
16'
15
Fredy Guarin
Midfielder
63'
13
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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