2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan 1-4 Colombia - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha
So hope you enjoyed the coverage. Cheer for Colombia this team is the find of the tournament.
Colombia face Uruguay and well they look a big threat for Luis Suarez and Co. Colombia are a team that can do wonders this tournament. For Japan Kagawa and Honda played their hearts out but the rest of the team was a pale shadow of the duo.
Well Greece have beaten Ivory Coast 2-1 and have secured passage into last 16. Another big team bows out after England, Spain, Italy.
What a match. James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez are the players to crave for. The Colombians were too good for Japan. The Asian giants are out of the tournament.
90+3'- Game over. Japan 1-4 Colombia.
90+1'- Attempt blocked. Adrián Ramos (Colombia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez.
90'- Colombia have been far too good for Japan. Meanwhile three minutes of added time.
89'- Goal James Rodriguez. Japan 1-4 Colombia. What a goal! Rodriguez is sent into the area by Martinez and controls the ball just in front of Konno. He breaks forward into the box and takes on the defender before wonderfully lifting the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper! What a player!
88'- Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
87'- Colombia have been lethal on the berak. And James Rodriguez definitely looks like a prodigy for the Yellow Brigade.
85'- Offside, Colombia. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Adrián Ramos is caught offside.
84'- Substitution for Colombia. Faryd Mondragón replaces David Ospina. Japan's Hiroshi Kiyotake replaces Shinji Kagawa.
83'- Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe with a through ball.
82'- So Colombia get three wins out of three. What a team they have been. The world needs to take a notice of this team. Brilliant!
81'- GoalJapan 1-3 Colombia. Assisted by James Rodriguez. Rodriguez bursts forward and releases Martinez with a superb pass, who turns the defender before whipping a strike into the corner! The duo have been superb for Colombia.
80'- Makoto Hasebe (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
79'- Carlos Carbonero (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
77'- Honda brilliantly edges away the challenge of Armero down the right wing before cutting inside on his left foot to find Yamaguchi. The latter threads a pass down the left for Nagatomo who fires a cross into the box, but it is easily cleared away by the Colombian defence.
76'- Yamaguchi drifts a ball to the far edge of the penalty area. Kagawa takes it and lays it off to Yamaguchi. He switches the ball to his right foot and fizzes a shot at Ospina, but the goalkeeper gets his body behind it.
75'- Corner, Japan. Conceded by Santiago Arias.
74'- Well its Ivory Coast 1-1 Greece. Japan need to get two more goals here with 15 minutes of play left.
73'- Attempt saved. Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.
72'- Attempt missed. Jackson Martinez (Colombia). Guarin rampaging down the left and sliding a cross over to Rodriguez. His shot is blocked and then Martinez has a go but it's deflected wide for a corner.
71'- Makoto Hasebe (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half after a foul bu Rodriguez.
70'- Colombia with a counter attack and outnumber the defence whenever they get bodies into attacking postions. Carbonero looks for Rodriguez as the ball goes out for a goal kick.
69'- Corner for Japan. Conceded by Eder Balanta.
68'- Substitutionfor Japan. Yoichiro Kakitani replaces Shinji Okazaki. Attempt blocked. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe.
66'- Japan ready to make some changes as they desperately look for a goal.
65'- Japan getting back in the mix of things but they need another goal.
64'- Another miss! Yoshito Okubo (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida with a cross. What a miss that was we could have gone all square here.
63'- Honda takes a free kick and shoots it with his left foot. Ospina makes a good save.
62'- Substitution for Japan. Hotaru Yamaguchi replaces Toshihiro Aoyama. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half after a foul by Fredy Guarín who gets a Yellow Card
61'- Balanta should be sent off here! The defender swings out an elbow and catches Okazaki straight in the face! The referee doesn't see it though, and he gets lucky!
60'- An hour gone and Colombia is leading 2-1 here.
59'- Nagatomo's inviting cross just evades Okubo by a meter or so. Meanwhile, James Rodríguez (Colombia) wins a free kick.
57'- Kagawa gets unlucky!! Hasebe fizzes a pass into the feet of his team-mate on the edge of the box who takes a lovely touch past the defender. Kagawa's doesn't get enough as his shot goes wide.
56'- James Rodriguez has been brilliant for Colombia since coming in after half time.
55'- Goal Japan 1-2 Colombia! Martinez scores his first World Cup goal after Rodriguez feints and slides the ball to his striker who puts steers it in beautifully. What a start for Colombia.
53'- Close that! Rodriguez curls in the free kick far in the right hand corner and Carlos Carbonero misses the target as the ball goes over the bar.
52'- Free kick for Colombia in the attacking half.
50'- Off side! Colombia's Martinez. A through ball is directed towards him from the right flank by Adrián Ramos but he is way forward.
49'- Colombia. Carlos Carbonero tries a through ball, but Adrián Ramos is caught offside.
48'- Foul by Yuto Nagatomo on Carbonero as Colombia get a free kick in the attacking half.
47'- Delay in the match. Aoyama fouls Martinez as the player is up now and play has started.
46'- Free kick for Colombia. Aoyama fouls Martinez.
We are underway here.
Substitutions for Colombia. Double infact! Carlos Carbonero replaces Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and James Rodríguez replaces Juan Quintero.
The players are out of the tunnel. In the first half Japan enjoyed more possession.
Wow what a match we have had. Japan are right back into it. It will be interesting to see what will their approach be in the second half. An all out attack is what they need.
First Half ends. It's Japan 1, Colombia 1.
45+1'- Goal Japan 1-1 Colombia. Honda clips a cross to the near post and Okazaki gets in front of his defender to glance a header into the corner! What a time to have scored that. Lovely!
45+1'- Attempt blocked. Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.
45'- One minute of added injury time.
43'- Meanwhile Greece leads Ivory Coast 1-0. Japan need a goal here they have looked the better side. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) wins a free kick on the left wing after a foul by Carlos Valdés.
42'- Yoshito Okubo (Japan) wins a free kick on the left wing. Foul by Carlos Valdés (Colombia).
41'- Martinez should put Colombia 2-0 up but he drags his shot wide from 15 yards after some lovely buildup play in which he was picked out by Ramos on the edge of the box
39'- Japan, as expected before the match, are dominating possession. Okubo tries an overhead kick from 10 yards, after a lofted cross from Okazak. It goes high up into the stand.
38'- That was a decent opportunity passed up for Colombia! Japan criminally give the ball away in their own half and the South Americans burst forward to take advantage. The ball eventually comes to Quintero, but his horrible attempt is wide of the mark.
37'- Attempt missed. Juan Quintero (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
36'- Maya Yoshida (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
35'- Konno and Yoshida playing quite a high line considering Colombia's pace.
34'- Adrián Ramos (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half after a foul by Yasuyuki Konno. The latter has been dismal for Japan.
33'- It was a good free kick by Honda though Ospina had it covered.
32'- Attempt missed. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick. Hasebe had won the ball in the centre of the park and found Yoshida, who took a clever touch towards goal before being bundled over by Valdes.
31'- Chance wasted! Colombia actually had a two versus two up top with Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos looking for a pass over the top, but the attempted ball from Guarin goes far too far and ends up going straight out for a goal kick.
30'- Half an hour gone. Colombia leads through a penalty. A corner for Japan conceded by Santiago Arias.
29'- Japan's wing backs noticeably high up the field in what was possibly a preconceived tactic but it is leaving lots of space for the opposition's speedy wingers.
28'- Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half after a foul by Adrián Ramos.
27'- Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia). Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
26'- Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.
25'- Great save! Kagawa, who is Japan's most dangerous player by far, gets through beside Mejia on the edge of the box and shoots low and hard towards the bottom-left corner but Ospina, at full stretch, gets a strong palm to it and forces it out for a corner.
24'- Okazaki shows some neat footwork on the right to evade the challenge of Armero and get a clear run to the edge of the box. But he's muscled out of possession far too easily.
23'- Japan need the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Honda to step up and deliver the goods for them.
22'- Honda takes the free kick and he belts it straight against the wall and fells Mejia in the process.
21'- Foul by Eder Balanta (Colombia) as Shinji Okazaki gets a free kick in the attacking half.
20'- So Pekerman's side who are looking to top the Group will face Uruguay next in the Round of 16. But Japan are not going to give up just yet, They look lively.
19'- Corner for Japan. Conceded by Alexander Mejía.
17'- So Colombia hands Japan a blow early on. Very bad defending that. But what a start for the men in yellow!
16'- Goal! Japan 0-1 Colombia. The Fiorentina winger scores down the middle, with Kawashima diving to his right and out of the way. Smart move. It was a bullet shot.
15'- Penalty for Colombia. Adrián Ramos draws a foul in the penalty area. Penalty conceded by Yasuyuki Konno who is awarded a Yellow card
14'- Ospina is forced into two saves from long-range strikes. Kagawa is starting to find space.
12'- Yoshida complains that he was kicked in the shin but replays show he was just handed off. The referee isn't interested.
11'- Japan win a corner after going route one and forcing Valdes to head behind.
10'- First 10 minutes gone and Japan look a team with an intent. Its goalless here. A foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia) as Shinji Okazaki (Japan) gets a free kick in the defensive half.
9'- Another attempt missed. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.
8'- Attempt missed. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe with a through ball.
7'- That's a good move from Martinez! The Porto striker collects the ball in midfield before leaving a couple of Japan players in search after an impressive turn. Colombia now move the ball up the park down the left flank.
6'- The free kick is crashed into the wall by Honda and then lands safely into the hands of Ospina
5'- Japan finally get a foot in the game, showing some interplay to work themselves to within 10 yards of the penalty area, where Hasebe is tripped by Guarin for a free-kick in a dangerous area.
4'- Cuadrado trying to unlock the door on the other wing now as Colombia look pacy when they are in wide areas.
3'- Martinez and Quintero try to link up, with a deft backheel but Japan snuff out the danger.
2'- Japan need a win and wait on Ivoty Coast's result. Colombia are through.
1'- So both teams will look for some early passage of play here.
We are underway here.
Prediction time! What are your thoughts? Colombia go in as the favourites.
The teams are out and the national anthems are being sung. We are a minute away from kick off.
Well FIFA says this is how the teams will line-up
— Copa Mundial FIFA (@fifaworldcup_es) June 24, 2014
Japan: 1-Eiji Kawashima; 2-Atsuto Uchida, 15-Yasuyuki Konno, 22-Maya Yoshida, 5-Yuto Nagatomo; 17-Makoto Hasebe, 14-Toshihiro Aoyama; 10-Shinji Kagawa, 4-Keisuke Honda, 9-Shinji Okazaki; 13-Yoshito Okubo
Substitutes: 3-Gotoku Sakai, 6-Masato Morishige, 7-Yasuhito Endo, 8-Hiroshi Kiyotake, 11-Yoichiro Kakitani, 12-Shusaku Nishikawa, 16-Hotaru Yamaguchi, 18-Yuya Osako, 19-Masahiko Inoha, 20-Manabu Saito, 21-Hiroki Sakai, 23-Shuichi Gonda
Colombia: 1-David Ospina; 4-Santiago Arias, 16-Eder Alvarez Balanta, 7-Pablo Armero, 23-Carlos Valdes; 13-Fredy Guarin, 15-Alexander Mejia, 11-Juan Cuadrado, 20-Juan Quintero; 19-Adrian Ramos, 21-Jackson Martinez
Substitutes: 2-Cristian Zapata, 3-Mario Yepes, 5-Carlos Carbonero, 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar, 9-Teofilo Gutierez, 10-James Rodriguez, 12-Camilo Vargas, 14-Victor Ibarbo, 17-Carlos Bacca, 18-Camilo Zuniga, 22-Faryd Mondragon
Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)
It is mission accomplished for Colombia as Los Cafeteros have gathered enough points to qualify to the Round of 16, however first place is not for certain as a blunder against Japan could be costly if Ivory Coast beat Greece in Fortaleza with a lengthy score.
Nevertheless, Jose Pekerman feels comfortable enough to rest a couple of players ahead of the next round as team captain Mario Yepes along with the impressive winger Juan Cuadrado will sit that one out.
Porto striker Jackson Martinez is expected to start alongside Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca, while Juventus midfielder Fredy Guarin could feature in the starting line-up as well.
Japan desperately need a win, as well as a gift from Greece, and manager Alberto Zaccheroni is fortunate enough to be dealing with no injuries or suspensions.
Manchester United attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa is possibly starting and the same goes for the experienced midfielder Yasuhito Endo, whereas much will be expected by the team’s star Keisuke Honda who will be pulling the strings in the attack.