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    Japan - Colombia 1:4 (1:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    24 June 2014 Cuiaba /Arena Pantanal 16:00 40340
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    PAUL Russell (RSA)
    Fifth Official
    BORIA Eric (USA)
    Referee
    PROENCA Pedro (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1
    MIRANDA Bertino (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    TRIGO Jose (POR)
    Fourth Official
    MORENO Roberto (PAN)

    Total Goals scored

    Juan CUADRADO (COL) 17' Penalty goal, Shinji OKAZAKI (JPN) 46' , Jackson MARTINEZ (COL) 55' , Jackson MARTINEZ (COL) 82' , James RODRIGUEZ (COL) 90'


    Japan

    Colombia
    1
    KAWASHIMA (GK)
    1
    OSPINA (GK)(C) (-85')
    2
    UCHIDA
    4
    ARIAS
    4
    HONDA
    7
    P. ARMERO
    5
    NAGATOMO
    11
    CUADRADO (-46' HT)
    9
    OKAZAKI (-69')
    13
    GUARIN
    10
    KAGAWA (-85')
    15
    A. MEJIA
    13
    OKUBO
    16
    A. BALANTA
    14
    AOYAMA (-62')
    19
    RAMOS
    15
    KONNO
    20
    QUINTERO (-46' HT)
    17
    HASEBE (C)
    21
    JACKSON M.
    22
    YOSHIDA
    23
    VALDES
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    NISHIKAWA (GK)
    12
    VARGAS (GK)
    23
    GONDA (GK)
    22
    MONDRAGON (GK) (+85')
    3
    G. SAKAI
    2
    C. ZAPATA
    6
    MORISHIGE
    3
    YEPES
    7
    ENDO
    5
    C. CARBONERO (+46' HT)
    8
    KIYOTAKE (+85')
    6
    C. SANCHEZ
    11
    KAKITANI (+69')
    8
    AGUILAR T.
    16
    YAMAGUCHI (+62')
    9
    TEO
    18
    OSAKO
    10
    JAMES (+46' HT)
    19
    INOHA
    14
    IBARBO
    20
    SAITO
    18
    C. ZUŃIGA
    21
    H. SAKAI
    17
    BACCA
    Coach Coach
    ZACCHERONI Alberto (ITA) PEKERMAN Jose (ARG)

    Cautions

    Yasuyuki KONNO (JPN) 16' , Fredy GUARIN (COL) 63'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Cruising Colombia triumph, send Japan home

    Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to storm into the Round of 16 with a perfect record and end their opponents' hopes of a late escape from elimination. A Jackson Martinez brace, alongside goals from Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, sealed the triumph, after Shinji Okazaki given Alberto Zaccheroni's side hope. There was even time for history to be made as Faryd Mondragon took to the field to become the oldest player ever to appear at a FIFA World Cup™. Roared on by a legion of fans in yellow, who were unencumbered by nerves with their progression assured, Colombia began the game brightly, with nine new starters from the previous game out to make an impression. Japan created the clearest opening of the early exchanges, however, with Makoto Hasebe's raking pass picking out Yoshito Okubo, who turned Eder Balanta inside out before snatching his shot into a crowd of bodies.

    The period of supremacy that followed for the Samurai Blue was fleeting, after Adrian Ramos was toppled by Yasuyuki Konno in the Japanese area following Martinez's through-ball. Cuadrado stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards. With that early goal, any argument for cautious tactics from either side was largely null and void, and it showed. As Japan looked to hash out a reply, neat interplay between Okubo and Shinji Kagawa saw the Manchester United midfielder create space for himself well, before forcing David Ospina to dive low to his right with a mis-hit shot. Okubo, who was present during the side's first meeting in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003, was looking confident, attempting an audacious overhead-kick following Atsuto Uchida's cross.

    With half-time beckoning, Jose Pekerman's side should have all but ended Japan's hopes. Santiago Aris released Ramos, who, with every right to shoot himself, squared to the unmarked Martinez, only to see the Porto star fluff his lines. And with the last touch of the half Japan were level. Honda cut inside from the right wing and delivered a delicate cross which found Okazaki, who had got goal-side of Carlos Valdes to head beyond Ospina. The introduction of Rodriguez and Carlos Carbonero saw the South Americans emerge with bright intentions, with the former setting a few pulses racing as his shot from 20 yards was deflected narrowly wide after a promising run. His whipped free-kick from the left was then put over by the latter, when he arguably should have scored.

    Rodriguez's impact only took a few seconds longer to take full effect. A bursting run by Arias found the creative wizard on the edge of the area and, with a flicked pass from the Monaco man, Martinez was able to take aim and fire past Eiji Kawashima. Japan remained positive, despite the set-back. First Hasebe found Kagawa, who thumped a shot over the bar, before a move down the right saw Uchida pick out Okubo. The latter, however, could only produce the same result, denying the Asians what would have been a thrilling team goal.

    Konno's effort from distance deflected kindly into the hands Ospina as Japan committed more and more men forward, leaving themselves at the mercy of the Ramos, Martinez and Rodriguez-based breakaways. And it just that which ended Japan's hopes of a miraculous escape. Japan were dispossessed and when Rodriguez found Martinez in the area, he had time to turn and curl his effort into the far corner. Arguably the biggest cheer of the night was still to come though, as the 43-year-old Mondragon, in the squad for USA 1994 and France 1998, was brought on to become the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup, eclipsing Roger Milla's 20-year record. The veteran then got to see Rodriguez put the icing on the cake, as he danced past Maya Yoshida before elegantly chipping Kawashima.

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    Japan-Colombia: Quotes

    Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
    After our previous results we had no option but to go and give it everything we had against the strongest side in Group C. I think we played a lot better today than we did in the previous two matches. You could see that, especially in the first half. Sadly for us, we didn’t approach the tournament in the right way and we didn’t play our usual game in the first two matches. This team could have done a lot, lot more. Unfortunately we didn’t, and as the coach I feel responsible for that.

    Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach
    Obviously we’re delighted. It was a very tough game for us today, just as we expected, but our confidence was high after our last two wins. Everyone knows how we play and how we can play, because we showed that on the pitch. We’ve maintained our momentum in this group phase, scored goals and we’ve also overcome the obstacles put in front of us. We’ve also been successful at an individual level. I haven’t had a look at Uruguay yet because we were focused on this game, but we know we’re going to be taking on one of the strongest teams in South America and the world and some very experienced players who never know when they’re beaten.

    Jackson Martinez (COL), Budweiser Man of the Match
    We’ve gone to the top of the group because we’ve played really well. We had quite a few chances to score in the first half against Japan but it still wasn’t easy. We did a better job of fulfilling our responsibilities in the second half and the goals eventually came. We’ve now got Uruguay in the last 16. It’s not going to be easy at all but it’s also true that we know each other well. We know what we need to do and how we have to play that match.

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