Colombia v Japan: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_imgPredicted XIsColombia: Ospina, Arias, Mina, D. Sanchez, Mojica, Aguilar, C. Sanchez, Cuadrado, J. Rodriguez, Muriel, FalcaoJapan: Kawashima, Sakai, Yoshida, Makino, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Honda, Inui, Osako Izqueirdo in action for Colombia The two sides faced each other in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup – Colombia winning 4-1. Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup 6 Most of the 2018 World Cup finalists have played their opening games but Group H will see the final four teams get their campaign underway on Tuesday.Colombia face Japan in what is arguably the most open group in the competition but the likes of England will have their eyes on the action as these are two teams the Three Lions could face in the last-16 should England get out of their group. Being played in Saransk, at the Saransk Arena, the match kicks off at 1pm and you can listen to the game live on talkSPORT. What the players are sayingJose Izquierdo (Colombia): “Every team is here because they have the quality and they have important players that make the difference.“I think we need to focus on playing our football and if we’re in good shape we will do a good World Cup like we did in Brazil.“We can improve our level from Brazil.” 6 6 A lot of Japanese hopes will rest on Kagawa 6 JapanIf Shinji Kagawa is on good form the Japan have a chance of getting out of the groups.Most of their play will go through him, however, other teams may cotton onto this and mark him out the game which could make life difficult for them. Where can I stream Colombia v Japan?The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 1pm.You can listen live by clicking this link – Colombia v JapanKey playerColombiaJames Rodriguez was one of the best players of the last World Cup, winning the Golden Boot, and it earned him a mega money move to Real Madrid.He has been frustrated by his lack of game time at the Bernabeu so Rodriguez will feel he has a point to prove which could be very dangerous for Colombia’s opponents. Okazaki is set to miss the Colombia game with injury Rodriguez will be determined to use the World Cup to re-announce himself on the world stage Shinji Ozazaki (Japan): “It’s a hard group. Colombia, Senegal, Poland… every team is strong,” he said. “Their mentality is strong as well, so it’s a difficult group for Japan.“Every team has a star – Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané and James Rodríguez, but we are not a team of stars.“We have intensity as a team and we are together though. We have a chance, but a small chance. We have confidence.” 6 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 6last_img

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