Those following the FIFA World Cup 2018 would perhaps agree that the Group H consisting of Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal is the most open Group. Not only open group, but it is an intriguing Group. Therefore, the outcome of the matches is nobody’s prediction till the last moment. Each team has a lot of talent and skill in store with them.
It is a fact that the Colombian squad was in oblivion for 16 years. However, you should not forget that they had reached the quarterfinals during the World Cup 2014, and this is the straight second appearance now. Every football lover has, however, to take their inclusion in the qualifying group with a pinch of salt. For the entry into the Group, they had to struggle and also wait until the last match.
If James Rodriguez could repeat his own style of performance on the field, the members of the rival team would find it difficult to control his game. No doubt, his all-out efforts for a startling performance would result in some nail-biting moments at the crucial fixtures.
The combination of David Ospina between poles, and the centre-half being under the control of Davison Sanchez with Radamel Falcao, the performance of the squad would be overwhelming to watch. Regardless of the outcome of the match, the football lovers might enjoy the game to a great extent.
The fact that they scored only 21 goals in 18 qualifying matches is nagging the squad. They should overcome this psychological barrier and go ahead.
The acumen of Jose Pekerman in leading his native team Argentina to the quarterfinals in FIFA World Cup 2006 helped the coach in grooming the team to an appreciable level. With his professional skills, probably he will be able to tap the talent of each member of the squad.
No one can discount the absence of a star player in the squad. You should not forget that the European experience counts a lot for the team. They qualified for the World Cup earlier to other Asian members like Saudi Arabia and Australia is fresh in memory.
As the presence of Shinji Kagawa representing Borussia Dortmund with 89 caps is a big relief for the team so also the skillful play of Shinji Okazaki Leicester. These two players have a pivotal role to play in the ensuing fixtures.
You can also reckon with defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda.
We need to wait and watch whether Akira Nishino would be able to compensate for the absence of Vahid Halilhodzic.
Notwithstanding the talent of the players, it is worth watching the match between the two squads at FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.