Colombia's James Rodriguez will not play vs. Japan after calf injury

Japan quake adds to team's worries ahead of Colombia opener

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

"We have enough alternatives and players who can give options to the team".

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez has gotten the first red card at Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Colombia v Japan (Kick-off 1.00pm).

James Rodriguez has been left out of Colombia's starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Japan after failing to recover from a reported calf strain.

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"We want to do as well or better, but we have to focus on each match", Pekerman said.

The grey-feathered tipster called Olivia, who lives at Nasu Animal Kingdom in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, predicted that Colombia would beat Group H rivals Japan when they face off in Russian Federation, local media reported on Monday.

Saudi Arabia land safely in Rostov-on-Don after plane engine fault
The Saudi Arabia national team, now playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018 , survived a scare after their plane caught fire mid-air. The plane was a reportedly a Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 and no one was hurt in what must have been a terrifying incident.

Attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda, right back Atsuto Uchida, defender Yuto Nagamoto and forward Shinji Okazaki are among the Japanese playing in their third World Cup. "The World Cup is played after a busy season and it's true some players arrived here in Russian Federation not feeling very well, so we need to be very careful about players' health".

"Obviously they have a lot of talent", Kawashima said. He had three disappointing seasons at Real Madrid and the team eventually loaned him to rival Bayern Munich.

That's because Salah is expected to be involved having missed the game against Uruguay.

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. "Realistically, it would be a success for us to reach the round of 16. This time, we have to show ourselves that we can do something better".

Less than half of the 23-man roster Colombia had in Brazil remains. Monaco striker Radamel Falcao missed out on the 2014 World Cup due to a ligament injury. But eight of the likely starters played in the tournament four years ago.

The Colombia coach, Jose Pekerman on the other hand has had more than four years to prepare his team for this moment.

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