Match preview: Colombia vs Japan
Colombia and Japan are set to start the play
in the Group H on Tuesday afternoon at
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.