Colombia vs. Japan, 2014 World Cup: Lineups


Colombia rotate their squad as they face Japan in the final game of the group, with the Colombians already qualified and the Samurai Blue fighting for their lives.

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Colombia 4, Japan 1: Samurai Blue exit in disappointment

Colombia have taken the opportunity to rest several players for their game against Japan.

With Colombia already qualified, Victor Ibarbo and Teofilo Gutierrez have been withdrawn from the forward positions in favour of Adrian Ramos and Jackson Martinez.

James Rodriguez is also rested in favour of Juan Quintero, although Juan Cuadrado and Fredy Guarin still start. There is also a start for wonderkid Eder Balanta in defence.

Japan, meanwhile, opt to play Yoshito Okubu up front, supported by Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda. Japan must win to stand a chance of going through, but even then they will depend on other results going their way.

Colombia starting lineup (4-4-2): David Ospina; Pablo Armero, Eder Balanta, Carlos Valdes, Santiago Arias; Juan Quintero, Fredy Guarin, Alexander Mejia, Juan Cuadrado; Adrian Ramos, Jackson Martinez.

Japan starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Eiji Kawashima, Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Matsuko Uchida; Makoto Hasebe, Toshihiro Aoyama; Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Yoshito Okubo.

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