Previous
FK Qarabag
St Etienne
0
0
FT
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
FC Zürich
3
2
FT
Game Details
Borussia Monchengladbach
Villarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Club Brugge
Torino
0
0
FT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
HJK Helsinki
2
0
FT
Game Details
Besiktas
Asteras Tripoli
1
1
FT
Game Details
Partizan Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspur
0
0
FT
Game Details
Dinamo Zagreb
FK Astra Giurgiu
5
1
FT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
Celtic
2
2
FT
Game Details
Panathinaikos
Dinamo Moscow
1
2
FT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Estoril
1
0
FT
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Internazionale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Feyenoord Rotterdam
2
0
FT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Rijeka
2
0
FT
Game Details
Everton
VfL Wolfsburg
4
1
FT
Game Details
Lille
Krasnodar
1
1
FT
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava
5
0
FT
Game Details
Napoli
Sparta Prague
3
1
FT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Dynamo Kiev
0
3
FT
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
AaB
6
0
FT
Game Details
Fiorentina
Guingamp
3
0
FT
Game Details
PAOK Salonika
Dinamo Minsk
6
1
FT
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
KSC Lokeren
1
0
FT
Game Details
Metalist Kharkiv
Trabzonspor
1
2
FT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Saprissa
3
1
FT
Game Details
Metapan
Herediano
2
4
FT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Rosario Central
3
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 1
Game Details
Emelec
River Plate
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors
0
1
FT
Game Details
Temperley
Unión de Santa Fe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Corinthians
Chapecoense AF
1
1
FT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Atlético MG
2
3
FT
Game Details
Gremio
Santos FC
0
0
FT
Game Details
Deportes Quindío
America Cali
0
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Cortuluá
Valledupar F.C.
1
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jun 24, 2014

Pekerman: Colombia close-knit group

2014 FIFA World Cup Group C: Japan 1-4 Colombia

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman credited his players' superior ability to work together as the secret of his team's success at the World Cup.

Pekerman's men won their third straight match and cruised to the top of Group C after controlling Japan 4-1 on Tuesday.

JapanJapan
ColombiaColombia
1
4
FT
Match 37
Game Details

"We are very happy. We have won a very difficult match, as expected. We feel confident because we have proved once again that Colombia is a very close-knit group. It is wonderful to have a team like this."

Pekerman said his players have succeeded because they all bought into the system of the national team.

"To be able to play a World Cup, you have to prepare your team," Pekerman said. "My players know that they have to play at a very intense pace. They need to concentrate on every little detail and have to play together.

"We have to keep the level and identity. To keep the identity, the group has to work, sometimes quietly. Sometimes the players who may not be on the pitch always respect the plans I've given them. They have understood this system and have shown this over the three matches and this is why we have results."

Colombia will play Uruguay in the round of 16, and if they survive that, another South American opponent awaits -- the winner of Brazil and Chile.

James Rodriguez has scored in all three of Colombia's matches.

"We wanted to put all our energy into this match. We wanted to show that we don't just sit back. We fight to the end and respect fair play. I know that we're going to face one of the biggest teams in South America in Uruguay. They always play well and have a rich history. They have many experienced players and we know they never give up. They are coherent and are a strong team."

"We are developing and evolving after every match. We are satisfied and are keeping pace. Individual players are performing as expected and we are very pleased with this experience in general."

Pekerman singled out the steady performance of James Rodriguez, who has scored in each of Colombia's three matches and capped the scoring on Tuesday.

"What James has done today simply demonstrates what we expected from him," Pekerman said.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.