FIFA World Cup: Colombia Top Group C With 4-1 Win over Japan

Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with their third straight win, setting up a second-round match against Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Updated: June 25, 2014 03:45 IST
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Colombia forward Jackson Martinez, right, celebrates his goal with midfielder James Rodriguez against Japan in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Colombia forward Jackson Martinez, right, celebrates his goal with midfielder James Rodriguez against Japan in the FIFA World Cup 2014.

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Cuiaba, Brazil: Substitute James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup.

Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with their third straight win, setting up a second-round match against Uruguay. (Matchcentre)

The Colombians started with a virtual second-string lineup but still went in front when Juan Cuadrado — one of the few regular starters — drilled in a 17th-minute penalty.

Japan equalized with the last touch of the first half through Shinji Okazaki's header but Martinez scored in the 55th and 82nd minutes — both from superb passes from Rodriguez — to put the result beyond doubt.

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