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Japan vs. Colombia: Final Player Ratings

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Keisuke Honda of Japan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

Colombia defeated Japan 4-1 in their final Group C match thanks to a brace from Jackson Martinez.

In the first half, Colombia scored by way of a Juan Cuadrado penalty in the 17th minute before Japan equalized right at the half-time whistle on a header by Shinji Okazaki. 

The second half saw James Rodriguez make a massive impact on the match with a goal and two assists. 

Continue reading below for comprehensive ratings and analysis and from this Group C showdown.

 

Japan Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Eiji Kawashima66
Atsuto Uchida66
Yasuyuki Konno55.5
Maya Yoshida6.57
Yuto Nagatomo5.56
Toshihiro Aoyama66
Makoto Hasebe6.56.5
Shinji Kagawa65.5
Keisuke Honda6.76.5
Shinji Okazaki76.7
Yoshito Okubo6.56
Hotaru YamaguchiN/A6
Yoichiro KakataniN/A5.5
Hiroshi KitoyakeN/A5.5
B/R UK

Japan

Half-time Analysis

Eiji Kawashima: Other than the penalty, he did not face much of a challenge. 

Atsuto Uchida: Took a shot from distance in the 14th minute on his first move forward that flew out of play. 

Yasuyuki Konno: Conceded the penalty on a challenge that caught Ramos late. 

Maya Yoshida: Had a productive first half in the back with four effective clearances, two tackles and two interceptions. 

Yuto Nagatomo: Was one of the least productive players on the pitch for Japan. 

Toshihiro Aoyama: His shot late in the half looked frightening before it hit a wall of defenders. 

Makoto Hasebe: Made two key passes in a Japanese attack that began to pick up some steam later in the half. 

Shinji Kagawa: Was able to cut to the left in the box and take a shot on goal that was saved by Ospina. 

Keisuke Honda: His set-piece taking was very poor. None of his free-kicks or corners put Ospina into much trouble, but he did deliver an assist on the goal. 

Shinji Okazaki: Headed home a Honda cross right before the half-time whistle to give Japan some hope. 

Yoshito Okubo: Had a chance in the ninth minute to create a chance on goal, but he could not challenge Ospina. 

 

Full-time Analysis

Kawashima: Was beat on four occasions by the dangerous Colombian attack. 

Uchida: Hit a terrific cross into the box in the 65th minute that put a scare into the Colombian defense. 

Konno: Moved forward to attempt a shot on goal that went right into the arms of Ospina in the 74th minute.

Yoshida: Was the most active Japanese defender with eight effective clearances and 70 touches. 

Nagatomo: Attempted to bring a spark to the attack on the left wing, but his efforts were not good enough. 

Aoyama: Completed just 64 percent of his 33 passes in his 62 minutes on the pitch. 

Hasebe: The captain tried to spur his side forward for most of the second half. 

Kagawa: Was very active in the final third, but the final touch eluded him all night. 

Honda: Was more effective in the first half with his set-piece opportunities. 

Okazaki: Left a mark on the match with his goal right before half-time, but he did not play any further part after the 69th minute. 

Okubo: Was kept silent for most of the second half when his team needed him up front. 

 

Substitutes

Hotaru Yamaguchi: Was inefficient with a pass accuracy of 65 percent. 

Yoichiro Kakatani: Made just 11 touches in 21 minutes. 

Hiroshi Kiyotake: Did not have a chance to leave a mark on the match after coming on late for Kagawa. 

 

Colombia Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
David Ospina6.57
Santiago Arias66.5
Carlos Valdes6.77
Eder Balanta6.77
Pablo Armero66.5
Fredy Guarin56
Alexander Mejia77
Juan Cuadrado77
Juan Quintero5.55.5
Adrian Ramos6.56
Jackson Martinez58
Carlos CarboneroN/A6
James RodriguezN/A8.5
Faryd MondragonN/A6
B/R UK

Colombia

Half-time Analysis

David Ospina: Did not have too many difficulties with the consistent pressure Japan put together in the attacking third, but he did concede once. 

Santiago Arias: Led the team in pass accuracy with 86 percent, but he only attempted 14 passes.

Carlos Valdes: Did concede a few corners, but none of those corners resulted in a successful Japanese chance. 

Eder Balanta: Had three effective clearances in his first 45 minutes. 

Pablo Armero: Made a run forward in the 41st minute that initially helped out Cuadrado. 

Fredy Guarin: Only made 19 touches and completed just 58 percent of his passes. 

Alexander Mejia: Was a force on the defensive end with five effective clearances, three interceptions and three blocked shots. 

Juan Cuadrado: Showed a ton of confidence with his terrific strike from the spot in the 17th minute. 

Juan Quintero: Had a few giveaways in the midfield, and he also took a dive in the box in the 29th minute as he tried to earn a second penalty. 

Adrian Ramos: Earned the penalty in the 16th minute after he was tackled by Konno.

Jackson Martinez: His chance in the 42nd minute was hit to the left. That shot should have resulted in a second Colombia goal. 

 

Full-time Analysis

Ospina: Was very consistent and confident in goal for the Colombians with five saves. 

Arias: Maintained good positioning at right-back by denying any large amount of open space. 

Valdes: Made six effective clearances and three interceptions at center-back.

Balanta: Made a team-high seven effective clearances at the back. 

Armero: Led the side with a 91 percent pass accuracy.

Guarin: Dropped back to defend well with two effective clearances and two blocked shots. 

Mejia: Was a menace to the Japanese cause all match long with six effective clearances and three blocked shots. 

Cuadrado: Was removed after one half of play in which he provided a few electric moves. 

Quintero: Did not make a huge impact on the match, and he was taken off at the half. 

Ramos: Was only able to contribute on the counter due to the Japanese dominance in possession during the second half. 

Martinez: Finished off a terrific pass in the box from Rodriguez in the 55th minute and then scored on the counter in the 82nd minute to finish off the win. 

 

Substitutes

Carlos Carbonero: Made 33 touches and won three aerial duels in his 45 minutes on the pitch. 

James Rodriguez: Made an immediate impact off the bench for his side, and he was rewarded for his efforts with an assist on Martinez's goal. He also scored the fourth goal to cap off the victory. 

Faryd Mondragon: Became the oldest player to participate in a World Cup game. 

 

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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com

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