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Pekerman staying grounded

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is not getting ahead of himself following the 2-1 win over Ivory Coast which put his team on the brink of qualification for the last 16.

Pekerman's side came into the World Cup without star striker Radamel Falcao, but are on the verge of reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1990.

The tournament in Brazil is Colombia's first World Cup in 16 years and Pekerman is happy with his team following wins over Greece and Ivory Coast.

"It was a very hard match for us, and we must perform an analysis to see how the rest of the group will be set up," said the Argentinian.

"We still have to face Japan, who are a team who are going to grow in their game and are capable of fighting for qualification.

"We will see how we deal with it as we move on."

Pekerman added: "It is, of course, a huge pleasure to see Colombia coming to this level, first of all at the World Cup after such a long period of time, and then having enjoyed two consecutive victories with players who are here for the first time, so they are all very positive situations for us.

"However, we cannot start thinking ahead of time or what might be coming later on."