JAPAN 1 – 4 COLOMBIA
Japan would become the next victim of Colombia who have marched their way through the group stages, winning every game they had to play, without fail.
This tournament has not been good for Japan, who have been World Cup hosts before and have some really good players but seemed to be unable to overcome the odds in what was quite a tough group.
Ivory Coast were undoubtedly the best African team in the whole tournament. Greece are a very defensive side who usually manage to get 1-0 victories with their clever tactics, while Colombia may have been the most under-rated team in the whole World Cup (at least before the first group game was played and they would show what they can do) getting more victories than some of the highly tipped “contenders” (to win the tournament) such as France, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Germany, England and others. Japan just got dropped into the wrong group, really.
The first goal would be Colombia’s as Juan Cuadrado scored a penalty following Yasuyuki Konno’s foul on Adrian Ramos. The Japanese never gave up in the first half and eventually, they would equalize before the half time break and were level before the second half began. It looked like it could easily be a (1-1) draw but there would be 3 more goals yet.
Jackson Martinez would be on form and score twice in this game – in the 55th and 82nd minutes, instantly making him a higher goalscorer than the entire England squad (the 2 players that scored for England in this World Cup only got one goal each). Colombia weren’t done with finding the net yet as a fourth would be added by James Rodriguez in the 89th minute also, making Colombia the 2nd highest goalscoring team in the World Cup… the Colombians have scored nine goals, while Holland have scored ten.
Colombia will now face Uruguay in the last 16.
KEY PLAYERS:Okazaki would get the only goal of the game for Japan.
Jackson Martinez, who scored twice in about 30 minutes.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
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