Brazil 2014 World Cup | Japan vs. Colombia

To round off a really good day, despite the previous match earlier, this blog feed will continually update in the background. Make sure to keep pinned to this blog feed as this is the last one for today before tomorrow’s matches begin.

Japan 1-4 Colombia

 

Tottenham and Former USA Goalkeeper Brad Friedel: “I am very excited to watch this because Greece at some stage have to come out of their defensive shell and try to score goals. A draw does not help Greece but Ivory Coast can’t lose it.”

Gary Rose: “The Ivory Coast players are wearing black armbands for this game in memory of Ibrahim Toure – the brother of Yaya and Kolo – who died of cancer last week. There were suggestions the pair might head home as a result, but they opted to stay in Brazil. The two are in the first XI against Greece and leading Ivory Coast to a first-ever place in the knockout stages would be a fitting tribute.”

Yaya and Kolo Toure
Credit: BBC Sport

I want to pay my absolute respect and tributes to Yaya and Kolo Toure as their brother, Ibrahim Toure, passed away after a long battle with cancer. My respect goes out to both of them and their brother at such a sad time, he’s gone, but will never be forgotten in my eyes or anyone else’s eyes, he was a true inspiration to us all :-(.

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

BBC presenter Jason Mohammed on Twitter: Fortaleza fast becoming my favourite stadium. Brazilian fans cheering for Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast.

Fortaleza
Credit: BBC Sport ©

Gary Rose: “Colombia made eight changes for this game but they have still settled better than Japan, who look neat and tidy on the ball but struggle for ideas heading into the final third.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Ben Silveston: Hope Ivory Coast will win! They deserve it on the basis of what happened in the Toure family earlier this week!

Gary Rose: “Disaster for Japan as Yasuyuki Konna hacks down Adrian Ramos inside the area. Up steps Juan Cuadrado…Japan need a win to have a chance of progressing, but they face an almighty task now as Juan Cuadrado, one of Colombia’s many impressive players in this tournament so far, confidently fires the penalty low to the keeper’s right. At the moment, top spot is Colombia’s.”

Colombia win a penalty
Credit: BBC Sport
Japan v Colombia
Credit: BBC Sport

BBC Radio 5 Live

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen on BBC Radio 5 live: “It was a rash challenge, definite foul, and the penalty is put away which puts Colombia in the driving seat even more.”

Gary Rose: “After starting on the bench in the last game, Shinji Kagawa is back in the side to face Colombia and he almost vindicates Alberto Zaccheroni’s decision to play him when he opens up space for himself on the edge of the area and strikes a low effort at goal. Keeper David Ospina flings his body towards the ball and manages to deny him. Japan need a big performance from Kagawa. Japan go close. Keisuke Honda stands over a free-kick 22 yards out and sends his effort over the wall but just wide of the post.”

Gary Rose: “Japan have already hit nine shots versus Colombia, two more than they managed in 90 minutes vs the Ivory Coast.”

JAPAN HAVE NOW EQUALISED WITH COLOMBIA, JUST SECONDS TO HALF TIME, THAT WAS REALLY GOOD :-)!!! (OKAZAKI – 45′ +1)

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! NOW THIS LAST HALF WILL GET INTENSE FOR BOTH TEAMS, AS THE PRESSURE IS ON, MEANING THAT BOTH TEAMS WILL FIGHT FOR THE CHANCE TO QUALIFY AND WIN THIS MATCH OVERALL.

GOAL!!!!!!!! COLOMBIA HAVE JUST SCORED AGAIN, BREAKING OUT OF THE EQUALISER WITH A 1-2 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST JAPAN (JACKSON MARTINEZ – 55′)

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Chris Gilbert: I know Greece are known for being boring and defensive but I haven’t seen that this tournament. Vs Colombia they were exciting.

Gary Rose: “A draw is good enough for Colombia but they don’t want to take any chances. They made a double change at the break with Carlos Carbonero and James Rodriguez, one of the tournament’s stand out players, brought on for Juan Quintero and Juan Cuadrado. Rodriguez makes himself known quickly with a shot from the edge of the area but it is deflected just wide. Jose Pekerman, I doff my hat to you sir. That half-time change by the Colombia boss pays dividends as James Rodriguez clips a pass through the Japan backline to give Jackson Martinez a clear sight of goal. He gobbles up the chance with a low-angled shot into the corner. A big ask now for Japan to avoid going home early.”

Japan v Colombia
Credit: BBC Sport
Japan v Colombia
Credit: BBC Sport

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen on BBC Radio 5 live: “What a World Cup James Rodriguez has had. He came on with so much energy and has played with purpose. He set up Martinez and can Japan come back for a second time?”

Gary Rose: “Colombia move back on to nine points at the top of Group C after regaining the lead. At the moment, it is Ivory Coast and Japan who are going home. Ivory Coast have to go for this and manager Sabri Lamouchi knows this. He brings on Swansea striker Wilfried Bony for Cheick Tiote. An attack-minded change.”

Group C table
Credit: BBC Sport ©

Gary Rose: “Despite that change it is Greece that look the most likely to extend their lead. Georgios Karagounis slams a free-kick from 25 yards into the Ivory Coast wall, before Vasileios Torosidis volleys the loose ball wide.”

Greece v Ivory Coast
Credit: BBC Sport

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Stephen Foster: Always sad to see a once great striker like Drogba look so poor. Time for a sharp exit me thinks.

Gary Rose: “The win wrapped up, Colombia boss Jose Pekerman gives substitute goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon his moment to make history. The 43-year-old goalkeeper comes on for David Ospina to become the oldest player to play at a World Cup, displacing previous record holder Cameroon’s Roger Milla. He may have a surname that sounds like a character from a Rocky film, but he now has his name in the history books.”

GOAL!!!! JUST MINUTES BEFORE INJURY TIME, JAMES RODRIGUEZ SCORES FOR COLOMBIA WITH A 1-4 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST JAPAN (89′)!!!!!!!!

INJURY TIME

FULL TIME!!! THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UPDATED TO THIS BLOG FEED AS THE MATCH UNFOLDED. THIS MATCH HAS CERTAINLY MADE MY NIGHT FEEL MUCH BETTER AND HAS DELIGHTED THE LIKES OF ALMOST EVERYONE. CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR 2 MORE BLOG FEEDS ON NIGERIA AND ARGENTINA, AND ECUADOR AND FRANCE.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

 

4 thoughts on “Brazil 2014 World Cup | Japan vs. Colombia

    1. You’re welcome, you have a great point, it’s normally much better to blog about the match with the sufficient info, but you know, it’s better to have too much than too little, but again, thanks for dropping by, I really appreciated it :-).

      Alex Smithson

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