Jun 24, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
JapanJapan
1-4
Colombia
Okazaki (45')
Konno (16')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Cuadrado (18' pen.), Martinez (54', 81'), Rodriguez (89')
Guarin (63')

Player Ratings: Japan 1-4 Colombia

Sports Mole rates the players' performances from Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan at the World Cup.

Colombia progressed to the last 16 at the World Cup as group winners following a 4-1 win over Japan this evening.

Jackson Martinez scored a brace in the second half, while Juan Cuadrado scored from the spot and James Rodriguez added a fourth late on.

Here, Sports Mole analyses the individual performances from both sides



Japan players pose for a team photo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014© Getty Images

JAPAN

Goal

Eiji Kawashima: Colombia only had four shots on target during the whole match, and while they were all good finishes, the goalkeeper did not manage to make a single save. (2/10)

Defence

Atsuto Uchida: With the back four trying to help out the attack for much of the match, Uchida did a good job providing service to the strikers, and even had a shot himself in the first half, while he also blocked a Jackson Martinez effort after the break. (7/10)

Yuto Nagatomo: Nagatomo was also creative when moving out from the back, almost providing Okuba with a chance to equalise in the second half before testing the Colombia keeper in stoppage time. He was too easily beaten by Jackson Martinez at the back though. (6/10)

Yasuyuki Konno: The full-back made some solid challenges to slow down Martinez and Juan Cuadrado in the first half, but his mistake in the 16th minute resulted in a penalty for the Colombians. He regained his composure well to put in a solid performance in the rest of the match. (6/10)

Maya Yoshida: The right-back was pretty quiet as Colombia focused their attack down the left, but he remained calm and composed on the occasions when he was tested. (5/10)

Midfield

Keisuke Honda: As ever, Honda was the linchpin of the Japan midfield, taking command during set pieces as well as creating some chances from open play as well. Despite his performance, he was unable to set up a goal for Japan (7/10)

Shinji Kagawa: It was a decent evening's work for the Manchester United winger, who played up front for the majority of the match but struggled to get support from his teammates although he did set up a couple of opportunities for himself (7/10)

Yoshito Okubo: Okubo actually looked like one of Japan's best chances of a goal in the second half, missing a sitter while attempting to head into an open goal. (8/10)

Toshihiro Aoyama: Aoyama looked sharp while looking for a goal from long range in the first half, taking several decent shots from the edge of the box, but tired after the break and was taken off with just over an hour played. (6/10)

Makoto Hasebe: The Japan captain, who only recently returned from a lengthy injury, was busy in the first half providing service to Okazaki and Honda, but seemed to fade away after the break, giving away a couple of fouls later on. (6/10)

Attack

Shinji Okazaki: Although he did not get too many touches inside the penalty area, the striker nodded in with a clinical header on the stroke of half time to give Japan a chance after the break before being taken off shortly after being elbowed in the face. (7/10)

Substitutes

Hiroshi Kiyotake: The midfielder replaced Kagawa for the final five minutes, in which Japan saw very little of the ball. He had a half-chance in stoppage time, but Colombia cleared the ball before he got his shot away. (3/10)

Hotaru Yamaguchi: Provided a much-needed burst of energy after replacing Aoyama for the final half-hour. He ensured much more assistance to the strikers than they had received in the first half as well as having a couple of shots himself, but ultimately failed to help the side find their second goal. (7/10)

Yoichiro Kakitani: The striker replaced the goalscorer for the final 20 minutes of the tie but did not have a shot before the full-time whistle. (2/10)



Colombia players pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014© Getty Images

COLOMBIA

Goal

David Ospina: The keeper looked solid throughout the match, and really could not have done much about Okazaki's header in the first half. Ospina made a series of good stops as Japan peppered the goal while searching for a second equaliser before making way with five minutes to spare. (8/10)

Defence

Santiago Arias: The left-back gave Honda and Aoyama far too much room in the first half as Japan dominated the possession, and continued to be relatively anonymous after the break. (3/10)

Pablo Armero: The defender made a couple of solid clearances from corners, but could not cope when Japan ran at the penalty area, allowing far too many shots to reach Ospina. (4/10)

Eder Balanta: The full-back was one of the tidier defenders and made a number of vital blocks and clearances, but may have been lucky not to get sent off after tangling with Okazaki after the break. (6/10)

Carlos Valdes: Valdes seemed stretched as he gave away a number of fouls in the first half, including two free kicks from dangerous positions which on another day could have been converted by Honda. (5/10)

Midfield

Juan Cuadrado: As with the previous two matches, Cuadrado excelled as playmaker, creating numerous chances for Martinez before converting from the penalty spot to give Colombia the lead. He was withdrawn at half time to ensure that he is fresh for the knockout round. (8/10)

Fredy Guarin: Guarin linked up with Cuardrado and Ramos well in the centre, but looked unsure when the ball fell to him in front of goal a couple of times in the second half, and also picked up a booking for a foul on Yoshida. (6/10)

Alexandra Mejia: Making his first start of the tournament, Mejia saw little action up front, but played a solid role in front of the back four. (5/10)

Juan Quintero: Quintero could not follow up his goal against Ivory Coast with another, but he did stretch the Japan defence and came close to doubling the team's lead in the first half before being withdrawn at half time. (7/10)

Attack

Adrian Ramos: Ramos performed well up front, particularly testing the Japan centre-backs with some impressive pace, but his finishing was not at its best tonight. At one point he appealed for a penalty after tripping on the edge of the box having already won one spot kick, but it appeared to be a dive. (8/10)

Jackson Martinez: The forward ended his 16-month international goal drought with a brace in the second half. He struggled for service in the opening 45 minutes, but was willing to drop back and help out in midfield after the break, showing impressive pace throughout the 90 minutes. (8/10)

Substitutes

Faryd Mondragon: The substitute goalkeeper's five-minute cameo made history as he became the oldest ever player to feature in a World Cup. By the time he came on, Colombia were in complete control, but he did make a solid save to deny Nagatomo in stoppage time. (7/10)

James Rodriguez: Although he only played half the match, Rodriguez was easily the best player on the pitch. Colombia has allowed Japan to dominate the possession in the first half, but Rodriguez gave the South Americans control after the break as he set up a goal and scored another. (9/10)

Carlos Carbonero: The midfielder was not the busiest after replacing Cuadrado at half time, but he did have a shot go just wide, although it would not have counted as he was offside. (6/10)


Colombia's forward Jackson Martinez (L) strikes to score a goal as Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima defends during the Group C football match on June 24, 2014
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