Colombia beat Japan 4-1

June 25, 2014 at 12:01 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia, Colombia News, Japan, Japan News, News
BRAZIL, Cuiaba – Group C Leaders Colombia faced off against Japan at the Arena Pantanal where Colombia won 4-1.

Yasuyuki Konno of Japan (L) and Juan Quintero of Colombia (C) in action during FIFA World Cup 2014 group C preliminary round match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, 24 June 2014.
Yasuyuki Konno of Japan (L) and Juan Quintero of Colombia (C) in action during FIFA World Cup 2014 group C preliminary round match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, 24 June 2014.

The Blue Samurai came in to the game needing a win if they were to keep their World Cup hopes alive, that didn’t go accordingly because as early as the 16th minute the Colombians were awarded a penalty after Yasuyuki Konno of Japan brought down Jackson Martínez of Colombia in the 18yard box.

Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado was happy to put the ball at the back of the net putting his team firmly ahead.

Japan kept pushing forward in search of an equalising goal before half time, but Colombia were not making it easy forcing Japan to retreat as they often caught them on the counter.

It was only in the stroke of half-time that Shinji Okazaki headed a goal for Japan to bring the scores to equal terms.

The second half kicked off with both teams on the attack wanting to claim the lead, but it was Colombia in the 55th minute that led 2-1 from a strike by Martínez.

After spending 15 minutes in the Colombian half trying to get a equaliser, Japan was punished in the 81st minute by a counter attack, a powerful curler by Martinez levelled the Japanese making the score 3-1.

Colombia then made history by bringing on goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón for David Ospina, this substitution made Mondragón the oldest player to ever play in the World Cup at the age of 43.

The Colombians were not done then as James Rodríguez in the 89th minute brought the score to 4-1.

Japan and Ivory Coast are knocked out, only Colombia and Greece are through to the last 16.

 

Lebogang Mokoena


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