Japan v Colombia, 24 June 2014

Score4-1 to Colombia
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueArena Pantanal, Cuiaba
Attendance40,340
Kick-off 4.00pm local (9.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Jackson Martínez (Colombia) Assistant referees: Bertino Cunha (Portugal) Tiago Trigo (Portugal) Fourth official: Roberto Moreno (Panama) Fifth official: Eric Boria (United States) The two teams had met in two previous matches, most recently in a friendly in 2007, and also in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Colombia 1–0. Colombia took the lead mid-way through the first half, with Juan Cuadrado taking a penalty kick, shooting low down the middle after Japan centre back Yasuyuki Konno fouled Colombia striker Adrián Ramos in the box. Japan then equalised through Shinji Okazaki's headed goal from a cross from Keisuke Honda on the right in first half stoppage time. Colombia's James Rodríguez was introduced after the half time break, and was credited for providing two assists for two goals scored by Jackson Martínez, on 55 minutes when he shot low to the net with his left foot, and 82 minutes when he curled the ball in from the right of the penalty area with his left foot, before finishing off the scoring with a strike of his own, assisted by Ramos, where he beat the last man before clipping the ball over the goalkeeper. Colombia, which had already qualified for the knockout stage but needed a point to be certain of winning the group, finished as group winners with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Japan, which had to win the match to have any chance to qualify, were eliminated.

1  Japan

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni

4  Colombia

Manager: Jose Pekerman

Goals:

Shinji Okazaki 45 G

Goals:

Juan Cuadrado penalty 17 P
Jackson Martínez 55 G
Jackson Martínez 82 G
James Rodríguez 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima
Defender Yūto Nagatomo
Defender Atsuto Uchida
Defender Maya Yoshida
Midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe (captain)
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder Yasuyuki Konno
Forward Shinji Okazaki
Forward Yoshito Okubo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David Ospina (captain)
Defender Santiago Arias
Defender Pablo Armero
Defender Éder Balanta
Defender Carlos Valdés
Defender/Midfielder Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder Fredy Guarín
Midfielder Alexander Mejia
Midfielder Juan Quintero
Forward Adrián Ramos

Substitutions:

Hotaru Yamaguchi for Toshihiro Aoyama 62
Yoichiro Kakitani for Shinji Okazaki 69
Hiroshi Kiyotake for Shinji Kagawa 85

Substitutions:

Carlos Carbonero for Juan Cuadrado 46
James Rodríguez for Juan Quintero 46
Faryd Mondragon for David Ospina 85

Cards:

Yasuyuki Konno 16 Y

Cards:

Fredy Guarín 63 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda
Goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa
Defender Masato Morishige
Defender Hiroki Sakai
Defender/Midfielder Gotoku Sakai
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo
Midfielder Masahiko Inoha
Midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi
Forward Yūya Osako
Forward Manabu Saito

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon
Goalkeeper Camilo Vargas
Defender Mario Yepes
Defender Cristián Zapata
Defender/Midfielder Camilo Zúñiga
Midfielder Abel Aguilar
Midfielder Carlos Carbonero
Midfielder Victor Ibarbo
Midfielder James Rodríguez
Midfielder Carlos Sánchez

Comments:

Aged 43 years and three days, Faryd Mondragon became the oldest-ever player to appear in the World Cup finals when he came on as a late substitute. It was his 56th cap, his sixth World Cup but his first tournament appearance for his country since 2005. Cameroon's Roger Milla was the previous oldest player at a World Cup finals, appearing at the 1994 tournament in USA aged 42 years, one month and eight days.