Colombia continue to reinforce the public's perception as one of the main title contenders in this year's World Cup after registering their third consecutive win after defeating Japan 4-1 in the final Group B round match.
Having already secured their ticket to the next round, Jose Pekerman's team needed only a draw to secure a first place birth . Meanwhile, Japan were in need of a series of results to hope to advance to the next round, as a win would not be enough to decide their own destiny.
After a rather dull opening minutes in which neither team looked to cause any real danger, Colombia responded with a quick counter-attack that ended with Hertha BSC striker Adrian Ramos was fouled inside the penalty box. Taking aim, Juan Cuadrado calmly dispatched the penalty for the lead in the 17th minute.