This will be the third ever meeting between these sides.
Japan are winless against South American opposition at the World Cup (D1 L2).
Japan have never scored against Colombia across those two previous fixtures.
Colombia won their only game against an Asian team at a World Cup (2-0 v United Arab Emirates in 1990).
Juan Cuadrado (3) has now provided more assists at a single World Cup since 1966 than any other Colombian player.
James Rodriguez has scored in each of his last four appearances for Colombia.
Rodriguez is the second Colombian player to score in consecutive World Cup games (after Adolfo Valencia in 1994).
2014 is the first World Cup in which Colombia have won more than once.
Japan have scored only one goal in their last three World Cup games.
Colombia have only won one of their four final group games at previous World Cups.