Cuiaba (Brazil): Striker Jackson Martinez scored two goals in the second half as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to top Group C at 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday.

Japan finished bottom of the group with only one point from three matches.

Japan suffered the first blow at the 15th minute when Yasuyuki Konna tackled down Adrian Ramos and refree pedro Proenca awarded a penalty to the Colombian team. Juan Cuadrado converted the penalty and gave Colombia a 1-0 lead.

Japan levelled the scoring at the 45th minute when German-based striker Shinji Okazaki beat the Colombian goalkeeper with a diving header.

But Martinez hit twice at the 55th and 82nd minutes before James sealed the 4-1 victory in stoppage time.

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