It is going to be an exciting match between Japan and Colombia as the two battle with different objectives in mind.
For Colombia, a win for this game secures them on the top spot of the Group C cluster. Japan, however, have higher stakes at hand. If they manage to beat Colombia, they could have a shot at a slot in the Knockout Round of 16.
Nevertheless, real motivation can be seen in the actual game, rather than what is at stake. Who has more will power to go steal a win against another?
While Colombia is already guaranteed a slot in the Knockout Round of 16, Jose Pekerman, team coach, thought of the situation as a free pass for his new players, who are itching to get out of the bench.
News forecasted that Pekerman will let team captain Mario Yepes to rest for the game, as well as the spectacular winger, Juan Cuadrado.
The newcomers for Colombia are reportedly expected to be lined up this way: Jackson Martinez, Porto striker, will fight side by side with Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca. Also, there is a possibility of the early appearance of Fredy Guarin, Juventus midfieler in the game.
On the other hand, Japan has neither been impressive nor disappointing in their games, but they desperately needed this win. (And also a loss from Greece.)
On the bright side, team boss Alberto Zaccheroni has not suffered any injuries nor suspensions yet. So, he probably will continue with his previous line up with the veterans.
The projected line up from Japan includes: midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United, midfielder Yasuhito Endo, and of course, the star player, Keisuke Honda. Most fans are heavily relying on the latter.