FIFA WC: Colombia face Japan, Poland to meet Senegal

World Cup: Group H in action, hosts eye 2nd win Tuesday

Japan's Shinji Kagawa converted penalty into a goal and put Japan 1-0 ahead in the match. Striker Yuya Osako was able to latch onto a handsome corner kick taken by star player Keisuke Honda.

Japan's hopes of winning their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup fixture on Tuesday (today) have been written off before a ball has been kicked - by a chirpy parrot believed to possess psychic powers.

Going into the clash, Colombia will aim to shake off a dismal conclusion to their run through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they play their opening match in Group H.

After Japan, Colombia is to face Poland on June 24, followed by Senegal on June 28. Russian Federation began the World Cup with a 5-0 hammering of Saudi Arabia on the opening night, suggesting they were ranked much lower than what their performance showed.

Fox and Telemundo have the exclusive rights to broadcast Poland vs. Senegal live stream and the rest of the World Cup 2018 matches, which means matches will air on Fox and Fox Sports 1 in English while Telemundo and NBC Universo will broadcast the games in Spanish.

"To lose one player in the three minutes to lose such a crucial player, is not an easy thing", Colombia's Argentine coach Jose Pekerman told reporters.

"We must have the initiative, this team has been characterised by that", Aguilar said.

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Rodriguez, 26, is key to Colombia's hopes at Russian Federation 2018 having scored six goals, creating four more, in their qualifying campaign.

Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Mateus Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, Juan Fernando Quintero.

"To score a goal for me in World Cup has been a dream", Osako said. We're a team that's characterized itself for that.

Japan are paying $6 for the win in group H while Colombia are around $1.75, with the draw coming in at $3.5.

Rodriguez is recovering from a left calf injury and Colombia made a mystery of whether he will start the game in Saransk, but he has done some work at practice and is expected to play at some point.

"I think we will cope", said Japan captain Makoto Hasebe.

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