World Cup Brazil: B-team of Colombia not gentle to Japan: 1-4
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — Even without its injured star striker Radamel Falcao,
Colombiais emerging increasingly as an outsider for winning
World Cup 2014 in Brazil. On Tuesday, the Colombian soccer team of coach José Pekerman won easily against
Japan: 4-1. With a B-team in the
final match of the group stage, Colombia became winner of Group C.
Japan is out of the World Cup by the loss, Greece however is surprisingly through to the second round after a victory against Côte d'Ivoire.
Thanks to a penalty by Juan Cuadrado, Colombia took the lead after Yasuyuki Konno made a foul against Adrian Ramos inside the penalty area: 1-0.
In the final seconds of the first half, Japan came alongside Colombia.
Keisuke Honda deposited the ball beautifully on the head of Shinji Okazaki, who scored with an accurate dive for the ball.
James Rodriguezallowed Colombia to take the lead once more. With a soft touch he gave Jackson Martinez the opportunity to score: 2-1. Ten minutes before time, Martinez was again successful. This time after a quick counter attack. Again the assist was from Rodriguez' foot.
The skilled midfielder of AS Monaco himself signed for the final chord against Japan. With an incredibly clever chip he scored 4-1 in the 90th minute.
Colombia made a strong impression in the group stage and wins World Cup 2014 Group C. The Colombians will meet the tormented soccer team of Uruguay, who saw its star striker Luis Suarez expelled from the squad after a bizarre biting incident.
Runner-up Greece will play against another World Cup 2014 surprise, Costa Rica.
Matches & Standings Group C - World Cup 2014