Colombia fret over star as embattled Japan loom

Colombia fret over star as embattled Japan loom

The sides also met in the group stage of the last World Cup, when Colombia claimed an emphatic 4-1 win to ensure they topped a table also containing Greece and the Ivory Coast, while Japan finished at the foot with just a solitary point.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup continues on Tuesday, as Colombia and Japan will face off at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

"We have to take the initiative".

Rodriguez didn't have as much success following the World Cup.

For Colombia, it reduced the team to 10 men for the duration of the game and means that Sanchez will be ruled out of its second group game, against Poland on Sunday.

The Bayern Munich forward, whose six goals left him topping the scoring charts in Brazil, trained with Colombia in Saransk on Monday.

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Pekerman also expressed his esteem for his first Group H opponent, Japan, which failed to win a match in the round-robin in 2014.

Yellow-shirted Colombia definitely conquered fans in Brazil four years ago with scintillating counter-attacking style and salsa-infused goal celebrations which propelled them to quarter-finals, their best result ever. We'll be following the action below with our up-to-minute live blog following along the action that begins at 7 a.m.

With the president of the country, Macky Sall expected to be in the Spartak stadium cheering on the team, the weight of exopectation on Mane and his teammates is at its peak.

The games start with the last of the Asian teams to get their World Cup under way.

Poland will be hoping that their captain Robert Lewandoski, who is a prolific goal scorer in the German Bundesliga, can lift his teammates to glory.

In the previous three meetings between the two sides, Japan have failed to defeat Colombia as the former side lost twice while they settled with draws in the remaining game.

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