Colombia’s coach Jose Pekerman said the team wanted to finish the group stage with three wins for the first time, and they did! Colombia’s young midfielder James Rodriquez had scored in each of his last four international matches, and he did it again today during the last minute of the game. Japan had a chance as the runner-up of Group D, but Greece and Ivory Coast wanted the spot!
Greece defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 on a stoppage time penalty kick that put them through for the first time in history.
Japan vs Colombia Gamecast16′ Penalty conceded by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) after a foul in the penalty area. Yasuyuki Konno is shown the yellow card.
17′ Goal! Japan 0, Colombia 1. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
26′ Attempt saved. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yoshito Okubo with a headed pass.
40′ Attempt blocked. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
45′ Attempt blocked. Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.
45′ Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 1. Shinji Okazaki (Japan) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.
50′ Attempt blocked. Adrián Ramos (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
55′ Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 2. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez.
62′ Substitution, Japan. Hotaru Yamaguchi replaces Toshihiro Aoyama.
63′ Fredy Guarín (Colombia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
69′ Substitution, Japan. Yoichiro Kakitani replaces Shinji Okazaki.
82′ Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 3. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez following a fast break.
89′ Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 4. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrián Ramos with a through ball.
The referee blows the final whistle. Japan 1, Colombia 4.
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