FIFA World Cup Preview: Japan Look for Missing Spark Against Colombia

Colombia are already assured of a place in the next round after two victories in Group C while Japan have one point.

updated: June 24, 2014 03:18 IST
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Cuiaba: Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday but is relying on events elsewhere if his side are to reach the World Cup last 16.

Japan came to Brazil with their hopes high after finishing ahead of Australia in their Asian qualifying group, aiming to better their impressive last-16 showing in South Africa.

But little has gone right for the Blue Samurai since they started brightly against Ivory Coast, taking an early lead through Keisuke Honda only to concede twice.

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