No matter how tough the going gets, Keisuke Honda never shows signs of defeat, a testament to the Japanese international's mental strength.

But on Tuesday, after Colombia's Jackson Martinez put the game out of Japan's reach with his second goal in the 82nd minute, Honda was a broken man, his head going down and his hands dropping to his knees knowing it was all over.

For four years, Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni built his team around Honda for the World Cup, but the Asian champions finished last in Group C after the 4-1 defeat to Colombia.