Updated: Friday, 20 June 2014 08:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Colombia into last 16 after Japan-Greece bore draw

Colombia qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years after Japan and 10-man Greece played out a dire 0-0 draw in Natal on Thursday.

Colombia into last 16 after Japan-Greece bore draw

Greece's goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (L) vies for the ball with Japan's defender Maya Yoshida (2nd L) during a Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014 - by Aris Messinis

Japan failed to take advantage of the Greeks being reduced to 10 men from the 38th minute when captain Konstantinos Katsouranis was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Both sides picked up their first point and can still qualify from Group C, although they must win their final matches to do so.

Greece play Ivory Coast, who are on three points, in their final match while Japan tackle Colombia, who have a perfect six points.

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