Colombia 4-1 Japan: Los Cafeteros run riot

Fredy Guarin

Two Jackson Martinez goals helped secure a comfortable 4-1 win over Japan and keep up their 100% record in the tournament so far.

It was the Asian country that started the strongest, as they were pushing forward from the early stages with their patient style of play.

Despite that, they went behind after 17 minutes through a defensive error from Yasuyuki Konno. The defender fouled Adrian Ramos inside the penalty area with a reckless challenge, and the in-form Juan Cuadrado calmly slotted in the penalty.

Japan though responded well and continued to dominate the first half, and they scored a deserved equaliser with the last touch of the half. A dangerous Keisuke Honda cross was converted by a Shinji Okazaki header that went in inside the near post.

Japan weren’t level for long though in the second half, less than 10 minutes in fact, as Chelsea target Jackson Martinez finished into the bottom corner after a lovely run and pass from James Rodriguez.

Japan were pushing players further forward, in the search of an equaliser, but were hit on the break in the 82nd minute.

Rodriguez, who was superb on the night, played a through ball to Martinez in space in the area before finishing with his left foot into the right hand corner.

Just when it looked like the scoring had finished, AS Monaco player Rodriguez added his name on the scoresheet in the 89th minute with a chip over the keeper from close range.

Colombia will now face Uruguay in the last 16, whilst Japan are knocked out of the 2014 World Cup.

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