When: June 19TH, 17:30 IST
Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Head to head
Total Matches: 3
Colombia: 2, Japan: 0, Draws: 1
Colombia will enter into this match will a little concern as their main man James Rodríguez might not in the starting XI today.
The midfield duo of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda will hold the key for Japan in terms of creating chances. Containing an attacking side like Colombia is going to be difficult for Japan though, and the defensive pairing of Maya Yoshida and Tomoaki Makino will have their hands full during the match.
Colombia: L W W D D
Japan: D L L L W
Predicted Starting 11
Colombia: David Ospina (GK), Santiago Arias, Dávinson Sánchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Carlos Sánchez, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao
Japan: Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki
Players to watch out for:
James Rodríguez: The 2014 World Cup saw the birth of a new star, who went on to win the golden boot. Four years later, Rodriguez still will be the star. The midfielder scored 7 goals and provided 11 assists for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season.
Dávinson Sánchez: Backed by an excellent season with Tottenham, Sanchez is one of the mainstays for the Columbia.
Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper who is still haunted by the team’s 2014 loss to Columbia will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Columbia will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.
Keisuke Honda: The 32-year-old is well past his prime but his left-foot is still very capable, and he retains his penchant for the spectacular as many of his 36 international goals suggest. Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in five of Japan’s six goals at the last two World Cups, scoring three goals and assisting two more.