Colombia vs Japan preview - How to watch Group H's opening match

The last group of the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off, and the favorite team to win it will try to support suchj claims against the weakest team of this bunch.

Colombia will try to at least repeat their accomplishments in the last World Cup, when they reached the quarter finals. Curiously enough, they will be sharing their group with one of their opponents from four years ago. Coach José Pékerman may not have all of his best men around for this game, since he failed to confirm James Rodríguez's availability for Tuesday's match.

On the other side of the pitch, Akira Nishino's men will try to prove their critics wrong after a woeful pre-World Cup campaign. Nishino's lack of experience contrasts with a highly-talented squad including Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki, who will be key to the Samurai Blue's hopes for success even if their friendly games prior to the competition don't make their fans as confident as they would like to be. 

Colombia vs Japan match facts

  • These teams were paired up in Group C of the 2014 FIFA WC. Their game ended with a 4-1 win in favor of Colombia. 

  • The South American side has dominated their meetings against Japan, winning three out of their six previous encounters. 

  • Colombia gets to the World Cup with a four-game streak without a loss (two wins, two draws)

  • Japan has only been able to win one of their most recent five games, all of them under Nishino (1W, 1D, 3L)

Broadcast info

Colombia vs Japan TV and Streaming Schedule

Kick-off time: Tuesday 19 June 8:00am ET / 1:00pm BST / 2:00pm CET
Stadium: Mordovia Arena (Saransk)
Australia: SBS, SBS Radio 1, SBS Radio 2, SBS Live, SBS Radio 3, Optus Sport
Canada: TSN5, TSN Radio 1040 - 1410, TSN4, TSN3, RDS GO, TSN1, RDS, TSN GO
Colombia: RCN Television, DIRECTV Sports Colombia, Deportes RCN En Vivo, DIRECTV Play Deportes, Caracol TV, Caracol Play
France: beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: ORF TV Live, ORF eins, SRF zwei, ZDF, Sportschau Live
India: Sony ESPN, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 2, Sony ESPN HD, Sony LIV
Indonesia: Trans TV, UseeTV
Japan: NHK Japan
Malaysia: Astro Go, Astro FIFA World Cup 1 HD
Netherlands: NPO 1, Één
Nigeria: Kwesé FIFA World Cup, SLGO, SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, Kwesé Live, SS13, SuperSport 14, StarTimes App, SuperSport Live, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique
Portugal: Sport TV1, RTP Play, Sport TV LIVE, RTP 1
Spain: Cuatro, Mediaset Sport App
Turkey: TRT 4K, TRT 1, TRT Spor Web TV, Idman TV
United Kingdom: BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport Radio UK, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Live
United States: Sling World Cup, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Fox Sports 1, Futbol de Primera Radio, Telemundo, SiriusXM FC, FOX Sports GO, fuboTV

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