Thank you for following along as we watched Group C conclude in Cuiaba. Japan pack their bags after Colombia beat the Samurai Blue 4-1 in front of some fantastic support, and Greece go through to the Round of 16 after a last-minute penalty beat Côte d'Ivoire 2-1. There's still plenty to discuss, so please head to our daily tournament blog where we'll have the latest reactions, photos and videos from today's game, and we'll also preview tomorrow's Matchday 14 fixtures.
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FULL TIME: Colombia proved to be too strong for Japan tonight. Greece's last minute penalty secured the Europeans' passage to the Round of 16 at the expense of Côte d'Ivoire, and Alberto Zaccheroni's side join the African side in bowing out at the Group Stage. The Colombians celebrate wildly in Cuiaba after another impressive performance.
has been elected Man of the Match
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The goalkeeper keeps it out with his shin! Good save from Mondragon.
At 43 years and three days old, Faryd Mondragon becomes the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup, surpassing Cameroon's Roger Milla, who played at 42 years and 39 days.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP C
Greece score in stoppage time to likely secure progression into Round of 16
GOAL: #GRE 2-1 #CIV Samaras puts Greece back in front from the spot in stoppage time #joinin #worldcup #GRECIV – http://t.co/GnB5MccB5K— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 21:53
GOAL! What a clever chip from the No10, who calmly scores and surely puts the game out of reach for the Japanese.
HIGH: Santiago Arias takes a shot and watches it sail over the bar.
Welcome to the field, Mondragon - the oldest player ever in the #WorldCup. The game never stops, #allin or nothing. http://t.co/Z0NgdgUHRd— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 24/06/2014 22:45
Zaccheroni responds by bringing on his final substitute.
Jose Pekerman brings on the veteran goalkeeper, who becomes the oldest player in FIFA World Cup history.
WIDE: Kagawa shoots across the face of goal and watches the ball roll out.
GOAL! Martinez shows impressive composure to take a touch and calmly finish past Kawashima with a bending ball into th efar corner.
Japan continue to attack, but Yuto Nagatomo's strike is also straight at Ospina, who has no trouble saving.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP C
Bony levels for Côte d'Ivoire, and if these scores stand the African side will go through with Colombia.
GOAL: #GRE 1-1 #CIV Bony levels things up in Fortaleza #joinin #worldcup #GRECIV – http://t.co/GnB5MccB5K— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 21:34
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Yasuyuki Konno's strike is straight at Ospina, who holds onto it well.
Colombia nearly score against after the ball deflects off several players in the box, but it settles out for a corner.
Zaccheroni makes his second change of the night, electing to take off the goal-scorer.
Japan push forward and line-up for another corner, brining more men into the box.
HIGH: Okubo misses high after Uchida sends in a great cross after another positive build-up from Japan.
Ospina punches Honda's free-kick clear. It's a good strike from the No4 but it doesn't cause the Colombian keeper too much trouble.
Alberto Zaccheroni opts for another midfield change.
Okubo nearly gets onto the cross to head home but it glances off his head and out of bounds. Colombia's Pablo Armero recieves medical attention after that effort.
Kagawa has a go from outside the area and is looking for the top corner but he misses high and wide.
GOAL! Jackson Martinez scores for Colombia! The No21 calmly takes a touch and fires past Kawashima into the lower corner. Calm, cool finish from the Porto striker.
HIGH: The substitutes link up as Carlos Carbonero connects on James Rodriguez's cross to put an effort towards goal but he sails it high over the bar.
Colombia control play out of the gate as they search for an equaliser, but the Japan defence is holding up well so far.
Ramos takes a quick shot but Honda gets in the way.
Pekerman's second half-time change is another midfield swap.
First, there is a midfielder-for-midfielder swap to report
Colombia kick off to start the second half in Cuiaba, and Jose Pekerman makes two changes at the break.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and begin to make their way out to the field to begin the second half.
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HALF-TIME: Can you believe it! With the final kick of the half Japan equalise and their hopes of progression remain alive, though the Greeks and Côte d'Ivoire aren't doing them any favours at the moment. Group C is going to come down to the final 45 minutes.
GOAL! Shinji Okazaki equalises for Japan with the final touch of the half! An amazing diving header from the No9 brings the Samurai Blue level but they need to win in order to progress as the score in Greece-Côte d'Ivoire stands!
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Greece take a 1-0 lead and as it stands, the European side would go through along with Colombia to the Round of 16.
GOAL: #GRE 1-0 #CIV Samaris opens the scoring in Fortaleza #joinin #worldcup #GRECIV – http://t.co/GnB5MccB5K— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 20:43
MISS: Martinez should have scored! Adrian Ramos plays a perfect ball to the No21 but his effort only needs to be on target to score but he puts it wide!
Okubo dribbles through the Colombian defence and passes to Kagawa who shoots first time and it's on target, but deflected out for a corner.
Konno gives the ball away in his own third and Jackson Martinez charges towards goal, the ball comes out to Juan Fernando Quintero who shoot speculatively but misses well wide of the goal.
Yoshito Okubo attempts an acrobatic bicycle kick off Atsuto Uchida's cross but it isn't accurate enough and sails high.
JUST WIDE: Honda's free-kick bends perfectly up and over the wall and nearly catches Ospina off guard at the far post but the No4's effort misses just wide.
Japan continue to press forward but their final pass is letting them down. Colombia are doing well to get plenty of players behind the ball, though.
GOOD SAVE: Ospina does well to get a hand to Kagawa's quick shot and pushes away for a corner.
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Shinji Okazaki makes a great move to beat two defenders down the line but he is shut down by Pablo Armero.
The goal hasn't dampened Japan's attacking spirit and they're right back into Colombia's final third, with Keisuke Honda lining up a free-kick.
GOAL! Colombia's No11 calmly steps up the spot and hits the ball firmly past Eiji Kawashima. Great celebrations ensue, as has been the case everything Los Cafeteros score!
PENALTY! Yasuyuki Konna takes down Adrian Ramos in the area!
Santaigo Arias clears the trouble for Colombia after Shinji Kagawa and starts a counter-attack for Los Cafeteros.
After an early wave of Colombian attacks, Japan are controlling matters and have looked dangerous on several set-pieces.
Statistically #JPN has a 0.7% chance of making the next round, but they will not give up. It's #allin or nothing! http://t.co/PLRjM8ahJ3— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 24/06/2014 20:10
Play the Colombian way. http://t.co/mBcMCtmy32 #allin or nothing. #WorldCup— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 24/06/2014 20:10
Good chance for Japan! Yoshito Okubo leads the attack for the Samurai Blue but cannot get a solid shot on goal.
Colombia's wall does its job and deflects the Japan free-kick allowing for David Ospina to easily collect.
Colombia are enjoying the run of play early on as Japan are pressed back.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tonight's referee is Portugal's Pedro Proenca
Japan get us underway in Cuiaba, wearing their traditional blue kit.
Now it's the Colombians' turn as Oh Gloria Inmarcesible rings throughout the Arena Pantanal.
First up is Kimigayo, Japan's national anthem. The team is singing proudly together.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and look set to enter the field momentarily.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Eiji KAWASHIMA, 2 Atsuto UCHIDA, 3 Gotoku SAKAI, 4 Keisuke HONDA, 5 Yuto NAGATOMO, 6 Masato MORISHIGE, 7 Yasuhito ENDO, 8 Hiroshi KIYOTAKE, 10 Shinji KAGAWA, 9 Shinji OKAZAKI, 11 Yoichiro KAKITANI
1 David OSPINA, 2 Cristian ZAPATA, 3 Mario YEPES, 7 Pablo ARMERO, 18 Juan ZUNIGA, 8 Abel AGUILAR, 10 James RODRIGUEZ, 11 Juan CUADRADO, 13 Fredy GUARIN, 9 Teofilo GUTIERREZ, 17 Carlos BACCA
“This team has given lots of joy and satisfaction in previous matches over the past four years, so I'm hoping we can show that good part of our football against Colombia.”
FALCAO OUT FRONT
Colombia's injured starman tweeted out before warm-ups his encouragement for Los Cafeteros.
"In an hour continue building the dream. Go #StepbyStep Colombia"
Falta una hora para que sigamos construyendo el sueño. Vamos #PasoaPaso Colombia http://t.co/o5oyDkvljC— Radamel Falcao (@Radamel Falcao) 24/06/2014 19:43
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Japan’s last World Cup victory was a 3-1 success over Denmark exactly four years ago on 24 June.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Colombia are unbeaten in two previous meetings with Japan, having won 1-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 and played out a goalless draw in a friendly in 2007.
The line-ups for this evening's match have been announced!
#JPN Line-up: Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Okazaki, Kagawa, Okubo, Aoyama, Konno, Hasebe (C), Yoshida #JPNCOL #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 19:24
#COL LINE-UP: Ospina (c), Arias, Armero, Cuadrado, Guarin, Mejia, Balanta, Ramos, Quintero, Martinez, Valdes #JPNCOL #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 19:24
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Group C clash between Japan and Colombia from Cuiaba. With Los Cafeteros already through to the Round of 16 after their second match, Jose Pekerman's side will look to secure the top spot in the group, though only Côte d'Ivoire can catch the South Americans should Colombia lose and Les Elephants win and surpass them in goal differential. Japan, meanwhile are in a fight for the second spot alongside Greece and the African side, so we should be in for some entertaining football. Stay with us as we bring you all the build-up from the Arena Pantanal before we begin out LIVE minute-by-minute coverage as these two teams battle for a spot in the knockout phase.
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba