Published: Sun, June 24, 2018

Underdogs aiming for a round of 16 spot

Underdogs aiming for a round of 16 spot

Right now I can't decide about (what will happen) four years later, so I'm spending all my energy on this World Cup.

Flushed with joy after watching Yuya Osako bag a second-half victor for Japan against 10-man Colombia in Russian Federation on Tuesday, jubilant fans made another dash for the loo at the final whistle, causing another spike of 50 per cent in water use.

Since the World Cup expanded to a 32-team format in 1998, the worst opening round for African teams was in 2006, when Angola, Togo, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire were all beaten in their first matches while Tunisia provided the only silver lining with a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia.

Players and staff greeted the princess at training but were firmly focused on preparing for the Africans, who defeated Poland 2-1 in their first match.

"It will be like a final. (Reaching the knockout stage) isn't something we can think about", said the 27-year-old, who earlier this month joined Bundesliga side Hannover on a three-year deal.

With Colombia needing to kickstart their campaign with a victory, Pekerman accepts he is likely to make changes to his team and playing James and Quintero together is something he has considered.

Panama are still searching for their first ever World Cup goal.

"All that makes things more hard, it jeopardises us to think about certain things too much".

"Their speed and physical strength are something that I have expected, but (what stood out) are their discipline and strong defense as a team", said the Galatasaray defender.


Falcao subsequently found himself isolated up front, and had limited opportunities. "It's them or us". "It was not easy to play in these conditions".

"We need to earn maximum points".

Let's recap the already sealed verdicts ahead of the third and final match.

Like Falcao, Poland's top striker Lewandowski arrived in Russian Federation with a point to prove following his mediocre display at the 2016 Euros.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Poland v/s Colombia match will kick off at 11.30 PM IST. Without Sanchez partnering with Abel Aguilar in defence, Los Cafeteros face an uphill task of having to beat Poland who, after having been beaten convincingly by Senegal, will be desperate to notch a win of their own.

"I made a mistake but what's wrong with that?" "Above all, we didn't live up to our potential". In their first game against Japan, they were without talisman James Rodriguez from the start because of injury. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the Brazil World Cup, did not start against Japan because of a calf muscle injury, coming in as a second-half substitute.

Poland left-back Maciej Rybus, who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow, is married to a Russian.

As for hosts Russian Federation, their performances have surely been inspired by a nation rallying behind the team.

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