Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Cristian Zapata (right) of Colombia has settled into a sound defensive partnership with captain Mario Yepes. Photograph: EPA

The sun could rise again for Japan at the World Cup if they upset Colombia at the Pantanal arena today although they will also need the result of the (...)

 Gervinho, left, celebrates with  Didier Drogba and other Ivory Coast players after scoring their second goal during the Group C match against Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph:  Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1Didier Drogba came off the bench to again show his inspirational qualities as the Ivory Coast recovered to beat Japan on Saturday(...)

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni    Best finish: Second rounds (2002, 2010)    World Cup record: P 17, W 4, D 4, L 9(...)

 Antonio Valencia turns home Manchester United’s opening goal during the Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen   at the BayArena. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Champions League round-up: Wayne Rooney played a starring role as Manchester United recorded their biggest European away win since 1964 to book themse(...)

Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)