Japan is ready to face off the group favorite in the final match on Tuesday, 24 June at Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba. This will be the third chance to advance to the next stage for the Asian nation which is really a good thing for them. They’re taking part in their 5th consecutive World Cup in the tournament organized in Brazil. The 2002 edition of World Cup was hosted in the land of Japan. According to the FIFA Ranking the Japanese are at the 46th rankings and it is Asian’s strongest squad in the tournament. This summer they are taking part in world cup from Group C comprising of Colombia, Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan itself. The Japanese can consider themselves fortunate to find them in such comparatively easy group. On the other hand, Colombia are highly rated according to the FIFA World Rankings in Group C. The South Americans came to Brazil after having an outstanding set of performances in the CONMEBOL table and finished second to Argentina. Even without Radamel Falcao, Colombia have still a ton of talent inside the team.
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Date: June 24 2014
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT, 04:00 PM ET, 21:00 UK
Venue: Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
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Players to watch:
No doubt their biggest stars are Keisuke Honda and Shingi Kagawa. This tournament would be a good chance for viewers to watch out the abilities of these two flourished central attackers.
Manager Jose Pekerman has an extremely talented team in 2014 with players like James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, and Teofilo Gutierrez. In the absence of Falcao, James Rodriguez will be a name to remember for Colombian fans.
Head to head:
The Japanese were defeated by Colombia once and drawled the Kirin cup fixture. But unfortunately the Asian nation is yet to score a goal against Colombia. So it is time for Japan to remind the world of their abilities.
Date Competition Score
2007-06-05 Kirin Cup 2007 Japan 0 – 0 Colombia
2003-06-23 Confederations Cup 2003 France Japan 0 – 1 Colombia
It is exceptive for the South Americans to win the match of 24 June. But if Japan takes an early lead, they also can emerge in victory.
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Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo).
Defenders: Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96), Gotoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart).
Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Makoto Hasebe (FC Nuremberg), Hiroshi Kiyotake (FC Nuremberg), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos).
Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Yuya Osako (TSV Munich 1860), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale).
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Independiente Santa Fe).
Defenders: Mario Yepes (AC Milan), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Pablo Armero (West Ham, on loan from Napoli), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo).
Midfielders: Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional),
Forwards: Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate).