World Cup: Colombia advance while Japan are eliminated

MILAN – Colombia accomplished their mission of advancing to the round of 16 with a win that eliminated Japan in this contest between Guarin and Nagatomo. The South American side will go on to face Uruguay on Saurday 28 June in the round of 16. 

After Cuadrado opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Okazaki drew Japan level with an impressive header. Then, following half-time, Martinez notched a brace before Rodriguez struck for Colombia’s fourth. Both Nagatomo and Guarin (who picked up a booking) played the full 90 minutes.