Colombia made it three wins out of three with a impressive 4-1 win over Japan.

Japan went into the match needing a win to stand any chance of qualifying for the last 16, with Ivory Coast and Greece also competing for the second last 16 place.

Colombia were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute when Adrian Ramos was brought down Yasuyuki Konno in the penalty box. Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado stepped up to the spot and sent Kawashima the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Japan made it 1-1 in the last kick of the first half. Shinji Okazaki steered in a fantastic header from a Keisuke Honda cross that found the head of the Mainz striker who equalised for Japan.

Rodriguez

Colombia brought on star player James Rodriguez at the start of the second half and the creative midfielder made an instant impact by assisting Jackson Martinez in the 55th minute. Martinez picked up a short pass from James Rodriguez and the Porto striker fired the ball into the bottom left of the goal to make it 2-1. The goal was Martinez's first goal for Colombia for 5 years.

Martinez doubled his tally in the 82nd minute, the striker picked up a through ball from James Rodriguez deep inside the Japanese half and Martinez finessed the ball past Kawashima to make it 3-1.

History

History was made it the 85th minute when Colombia brought off goalkeeper and captain David Ospina and brought on Faryd Mondragon who is now the oldest player to ever make a World Cup match at 43 years old. Mondragon made his Colombia debut back in 1993 in a friendly against Venezuela. James Rodriguez finished the game off in the 89th minute when the attacking midfielder broke though on goal and beautifully chipped the ball over the keeper to make it 4-1.

Group C 

In the other Group C fixture Greece secured the second Round of 16 spot in Group C after a injury time penalty secured victory for the Greeks, leaving Ivory Coast and Japan out of the tournament.

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