Colombia finished top of Group C to set up a last-16 tie against Uruguay after beating Japan, who were eliminated.

Japan needed a win to stand a chance of progressing but went behind when Juan Cuadrado scored a penalty following Yasuyuki Konno's foul on Adrian Ramos.

Analysis

"James Rodriguez has been so impressive for Colombia. They have done exceptionally well. Injured striker Radamel Falcao has been missing but everyone has stepped up to the plate."

Shinji Okazaki's steered header drew Japan level only for Jackson Martinez's low strike to restore Colombia's lead.

Martinez cut inside and slotted in a left-foot shot before James Rodriguez's exquisite chip wrapped up the win.

Colombia used their third goal as the signal to bring on 43-year-old keeper Faryd Mondragon, whose introduction saw him become the oldest player at a World Cup finals as he broke Cameroon forward Roger Milla's record.

Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon came on to become the oldest player at a World Cup finals

Faryd Mondragon, 43, made his first competitive appearance in nine years

Los Cafeteros, who went into the game having already qualified for the knockout stages for the first time since 1990, used the game as an opportunity to rest key players but still registered a third straight win.

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni had recalled playmaker Shinji Kagawa in an attacking line-up and, despite Colombia making eight changes, his side quickly found themselves behind.

Konno tripped Ramos and winger Cuadrado, who had assisted three of his side's five goals in Brazil, drilled in the subsequent spot-kick.

Japan went close when Kagawa sidestepped Eder Balanta and had a low shot turned around the post by keeper David Ospina before Colombia should have extended their lead.

Ramos squared the ball across the box for an unmarked Martinez, only for the striker to side-foot wide.

Key facts

  • Japan scored with their 14th shot of the game. They ended up with 24 shots overall
  • Colombia scored with all four of their shots on target in the match

The miss was punished with Japan equalising on the stroke of half-time. Keisuke Honda crossed and Okazaki produced an accomplished finish with a stooping header low into the corner.

Colombia playmaker Rodriguez came on for his side after the break and had a shot deflected wide, before setting up Martinez to angle in a shot to restore his side's lead.

Honda had a dipping free-kick fended away by Ospina and Yoshito Okubo blazed high from a low cross as Japan continued to attack.

But Zaccheroni's team left themselves exposed at the back and Colombia clinically capitalised.

Rodriguez set up Martinez to finish a counter-attack with a smart finish, before the forward turned goalscorer when he jinked past Maya Yoshida and chipped home for his third goal of the tournament.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman:

"I think what James Rodriguez has done today simply demonstrates what we expected from him.

"From the beginning of this World Cup, he has shown that he is very well physically, is fit and that we can expect a lot from him."

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni:

"I will speak to the management and will let you know whether or not I will stay. I think it is only appropriate for this question to be discussed within the team first.

"I think we left quite a lot to be desired in the first two games. We picked up in the third match. We were forced to play everything against a team that has great potential to go very far in this tournament.

"We all thought we would do a lot better, that we would perform much better as we showed in the first half (against Colombia) when we play intensely as we normally do and we are able to generate opportunities to win a match."

Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado scores a penalty against Japan

Japan had five shots before Colombia scored with their first shot of the game

Colombia celebrate after Juan Cuadrado's penalty against Japan

Only Netherlands (10) have scored more goals at the 2014 World Cup than Colombia (9)

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki's heads in a goal for his side against Colombia

Japan scored against Colombia for the first time in three games against them

Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez scores against Japan

James Rodriguez has scored in each of his last five appearances for Colombia

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Japan

  • 01 Kawashima
  • 02 Uchida
  • 05 Nagatomo
  • 17 Hasebe
  • 22 Yoshida
  • 15 Konno Booked
  • 09 Okazaki (Kakitani - 69' )
  • 14 Aoyama (Yamaguchi - 62' )
  • 13 Okubo
  • 04 Honda
  • 10 Kagawa (Kiyotake - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Sakai
  • 06 Morishige
  • 07 Endo
  • 08 Kiyotake
  • 11 Kakitani
  • 12 Nishikawa
  • 16 Yamaguchi
  • 18 Osako
  • 19 Inoha
  • 20 Saito
  • 21 Sakai
  • 23 Gonda

Colombia

  • 01 Ospina (Mondragón - 85' )
  • 04 Arias
  • 07 Armero
  • 15 Mejía
  • 23 Valdés
  • 16 Balanta
  • 11 Cuadrado (Carbonero - 45' )
  • 13 Guarín Booked
  • 19 Ramos
  • 20 Quintero (Rodríguez - 45' )
  • 21 Martinez

Substitutes

  • 02 Zapata
  • 03 Yepes
  • 05 Carbonero
  • 06 Sánchez
  • 08 Aguilar
  • 09 Gutiérrez
  • 10 Rodríguez
  • 12 Vargas
  • 14 Ibarbo
  • 17 Bacca
  • 18 Zuñiga
  • 22 Mondragón
Ref: Pedro Proença
Att: 40,340

Match Stats

Shots

24 13

On target

7 4

Corners

9 2

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Japan 1, Colombia 4.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Japan 1, Colombia 4.

90:00 +3:02

Attempt saved. Yoichiro Kakitani (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:59

Attempt blocked. Adrián Ramos (Colombia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

88:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 4. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrián Ramos with a through ball.

88:26

Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:26

Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

88:09

Attempt missed. Santiago Arias (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

84:53

Offside, Colombia. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Adrián Ramos is caught offside.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Japan. Hiroshi Kiyotake replaces Shinji Kagawa.

84:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. Faryd Mondragón replaces David Ospina.

83:07

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.

81:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 3. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez following a fast break.

80:11

Makoto Hasebe (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:11

Foul by Carlos Carbonero (Colombia).

79:28

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Japan).

79:28

Carlos Carbonero (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:46

Attempt blocked. Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

76:05

Attempt saved. Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

75:27

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Santiago Arias.

73:22

Attempt saved. Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.

71:39

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

71:37

Attempt missed. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

71:35

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrián Ramos with a cross.

71:06

Makoto Hasebe (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:06

Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).

69:11

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Eder Balanta.

68:43

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Fredy Guarín.

68:41

Attempt blocked. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe.

68:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Japan. Yoichiro Kakitani replaces Shinji Okazaki.

68:00

Shinji Kagawa (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:00

Foul by Carlos Carbonero (Colombia).

64:53

Attempt missed. 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.

64:38

Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:38

Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

63:53

Attempt missed. Shinji Okazaki (Japan) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yoshito Okubo with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

63:48

Attempt saved. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:20 Booking

Booking Fredy Guarín (Colombia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:18

Shinji Kagawa (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:18

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Colombia).

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Japan. Hotaru Yamaguchi replaces Toshihiro Aoyama.

59:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:02

Delay in match Pablo Armero (Colombia) because of an injury.

58:35

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Japan).

58:35

James Rodríguez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:13

Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe.

54:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 2. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

53:19

Attempt missed. Carlos Carbonero (Colombia) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a set piece situation.

52:28

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Japan).

52:28

Fredy Guarín (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:56

Offside, Colombia. Adrián Ramos tries a through ball, but Jackson Martinez is caught offside.

49:57

Offside, Colombia. Carlos Carbonero tries a through ball, but Adrián Ramos is caught offside.

49:46

Attempt blocked. Adrián Ramos (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:19

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

49:18

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrián Ramos.

48:49

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Japan).

48:49

Carlos Carbonero (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:49

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Japan).

47:49

Carlos Carbonero (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:50

Foul by Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan).

46:50

Jackson Martinez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:10

Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:10

Foul by Eder Balanta (Colombia).

45:27

Foul by Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan).

45:27

James Rodríguez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Japan 1, Colombia 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. James Rodríguez replaces Juan Quintero.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colombia. Carlos Carbonero replaces Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Japan 1, Colombia 1.

45:00 +1:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Japan 1, Colombia 1. Shinji Okazaki (Japan) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.

45:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

42:34

Yoshito Okubo (Japan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:34

Foul by Carlos Valdés (Colombia).

41:40

Attempt missed. Jackson Martinez (Colombia) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adrián Ramos.

39:05

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Eder Balanta.

39:04

Attempt blocked. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:04

Attempt missed. Juan Quintero (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:36

Maya Yoshida (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:36

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia).

35:55

Attempt missed. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida with a cross.

34:09

Foul by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan).

34:09

Adrián Ramos (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:33

Attempt missed. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

31:31

Maya Yoshida (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:31

Foul by Carlos Valdés (Colombia).

30:44

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Santiago Arias.

28:02

Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:02

Foul by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

27:00

Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:00

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

25:53

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

25:52

Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Makoto Hasebe following a corner.

25:28

Corner, Japan. Conceded by David Ospina.

25:25

Attempt saved. Shinji Kagawa (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yoshito Okubo with a headed pass.

24:59

Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:59

Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

22:16

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:15

Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:15

Foul by Eder Balanta (Colombia).

19:24

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Alexander Mejía.

16:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Japan 0, Colombia 1. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

15:46 Booking

Booking Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:39

Penalty conceded by Yasuyuki Konno (Japan) after a foul in the penalty area.

15:39

Penalty Colombia. Adrián Ramos draws a foul in the penalty area.

14:11

Attempt saved. Makoto Hasebe (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

13:58

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Carlos Valdés.

13:56

Attempt blocked. Atsuto Uchida (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

11:41

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Carlos Valdés.

10:46

Foul by Pablo Armero (Colombia).

10:46

Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:23

Attempt missed. Yoshito Okubo (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

8:49

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.

6:36

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:35

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Colombia).

5:35

Makoto Hasebe (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:05

Foul by Alexander Mejía (Colombia).

5:05

Keisuke Honda (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:03

Maya Yoshida (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:03

Foul by Adrián Ramos (Colombia).

0:34

Hand ball by Makoto Hasebe (Japan).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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