(Reuters) - Colombia play Japan in a World Cup Group H match on Tuesday.
Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
When: Tuesday, June 19 15:00 local (1200 GMT/8 AM ET)
Referee: To be announced
- Colombia’s James Rodriguez was top scorer at the 2014 World Cup and won over many in the public with his dazzling goals and dancing celebrations. AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao missed out on the 2014 World Cup due to a ligament injury. But “El Tigre” (The Tiger) is planning to roar back in Russia and has confessed to daydreaming about the goals he wants to score for the canary-yellow team.
- Colombia did just enough to secure fourth spot in the South American qualifying group but they scored only 21 goals and limped over the line with three draws and a defeat in their final four games.
- Japan are on their sixth World Cup appearance, having made their debut at the 1998 tournament in France. They have reached the last 16 on two occasions, most recently in South Africa in 2010.
- Japan head coach Akira Nishino named an experienced final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup. Eleven of the selected players featured at the last World Cup in Brazil.
Previous meetings: Colombia crushed Japan 4-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Writing by Alexandra Ulmer, editing by Pritha Sarkar