Colombia vs Japan live streaming: Time, match details & prediction
Colombia vs Japan live streaming & watch time
Match: Colombia vs Japan
Competition: 2018 World Cup
Kick-off time: 13:00 (UK time)
Stadium: Mordovia Arena (Saransk)
RADAMEL Falcao is finally healthy enough to play in his first World Cup and help Colombia show that its run four years ago in Brazil was no fluke.
He didn’t play in 2014 when Colombia advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Group H opener is a rematch of Colombia’s 4-1 victory over Japan in the final game of group play in the last World Cup, and both squads contain some of those same players.
James Rodriguez, the top scorer of the 2014 World Cup with six in five matches, is expected to play for Colombia despite a calf injury that has limited his preparation.
The team has not revealed if Rodriguez, who scored against Japan in Brazil, will start the game in Saransk.
Japan’s first World Cup appearance was in 1998, and they’ve not missed the tournament since; many in the current squad are on the international stage for a third consecutive time.
The Asian giant comes into the tournament with a new coach, Akira Nishino, who is making his World Cup debut.
The Japanese Federation was not satisfied with former coach Vahid Halilhodzic, and many believe the late change will hurt Japan’s chances of doing much in this year’s tournament.