Colombia, Japan will not take each other for granted

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It is a game that will pit a passionate Latin American team against the Asian side whose coach has said players are "nervous" following Monday's news of an natural disaster back home, a false hotel alarm on the same day and the fact that Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic who was in charge during qualification was sacked in April this year.

Colombia's best showing at the World Cup was in 2014 when they made it to the quarter-finals.

Japan's hopes of winning their opening World Cup fixture on Tuesday have been written off before a ball has been kicked - by a chirpy parrot believed to possess psychic powers. But the Japanese are hoping that some different circumstances work in their favour.

Colombia have concerns of their own as they sweat on the fitness of star midfielder James Rodriguez.

But they went on to have an uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign for Russian Federation.

"The current team has more experienced players than before", said goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, who played for Japan in South Africa in 2010 and in Brazil four years ago.

Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russian Federation and will attend his country's World Cup game against Poland in Moscow.

The Blue Samurai included the experienced duo of midfielder Shinji Kagawa and defender Yuto Nagatomo in their starting line-up.

"We think Japan will be a very tough team, we have completely forgotten what happened in the last World Cup", insisted Pekerman, who rarely speaks to the press.

"Obviously they have a lot of talent", Kawashima said. "So with a mix of experienced veterans and talented youth players, I am confident that we are capable of making history in Russian Federation".

James scored seven times in 23 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern in 2017-18, having joined on a two-season loan deal from parent club Real Madrid.

The entire continent of Africa will also be rooting for Senegal to deliver the first positive result for an African team at this year's World Cup.

Yoshida said he can appreciate why the late-hour coaching change gives Japan the look of a team that is not expected to go far.

The squad led by Argentine coach Jose Pekerman are vowing to boost their attacking prowess in the hard-to-call Group H and prove that their run in Brazil was not just a one-off.

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