Japan v Colombia

by Timothy Masters

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Japan take on Colombia on Tuesday 24th June, 2014, with kickoff at 17:00. This match is currently being shown LIVE on BBC1.

Five points separate Colombia from their opponents this evening, a scarcely believable gap when you consider the doom and gloom that accompanied their Falcao-less preparations for this tournament. Japan have an expensive coach in Alberto Zaccheroni, and tonight the Italian legend must use all of his knowledge to mastermind a win that may not turn out to be enough.

The Japanese cause could be helped if Colombia decide to rest some players, but even so you’d not bet on the Asian team having seen what their opponents are capable of in these conditions.

Japan v Colombia is LIVE on BBC1.