Match preview: Colombia vs Japan

Stadium:Mordovia Arena


Colombia and Japan are set to start the play

in the Group H on Tuesday afternoon at

Mordovia Arena.

Colombia emerge as the strongest of four

outfits in the only group without a real

favourite. They will open the affairs against

arguably the weakest opposition in the group

on Tuesday and anything but a victory would

kill the momentum ahead of what should be

tougher checks against the likes of Poland and

Senegal later on.

Columbia will face hard times matching their

historical quarter-final progression back from

Brazil 2014 when they were popped up as a

genuine refreshment with the beautiful build-

up play and creativity all over the place.

James Rodriguez was the man who entirely

stole the show back then as he ended up to be

the competition’s top scorer.

Japan arrived to Russia after a rather

turbulent period which saw them make the

managerial change just two months before

the World Cup. Even though they topped their

respective qualifying group ahead of Saudi

Arabia and Australia, Japan decided to part

ways with the Bosnian manager Vahid

Halilhodzic after a series of defeats in

friendlies even though the opposition included

Brazil, Belgium and Ukraine.