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FIFA World Cup: Colombia hammers Japan to reach last 16

CUIABA: Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Uruguay. Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty before Martinez struck twice in the second half and substitute James Rodriguez wrapped up the win with a delightful fourth goal. Japan equalised just before halftime with Shinji Okazaki's fine diving header…

FIFA World Cup: Nigeria end win drought, Bosnia eliminated

CUIABA: Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament. Peter Odemwingie's 29th-minute goal lifted the African champions to four points from two games, two less than Argentina who they meet in their final Group F match on Wednesday with top spot at stake. “It’s been 16 years and no wins for our country so we are very excited," Odemwingie said in a television interview. “We needed the…

FIFA World Cup: Chile holds Australia to 3-1 win

CUIABA: Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup match on Friday. Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control. Australia fought back strongly, though, and Tim Cahill replied with a trademark header after 35 minutes…