Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Watch Japan, Poland Group H matches on TV, online

Watch Japan, Poland Group H matches on TV, online

Poland and Colombia round off the second round of group matches in the late game in Kazan (kick-off 1900 GMT), both knowing they dare not lose if the want to retain any realistic hope of progressing. Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation's only previous World Cup appearance. Escobar scored an own-goal against the host country at the tournament.

Poland missed key defender Kamil Glik against Senegal but the bulky Monaco center-back is expected to start his World Cup campaign against Colombia.

Prediction - Poland just peaked too early in this World Cup cycle.

Japanese players all expect a tough game against their next opponents Senegal following the opening win.

A win for England would see them head into a final group game against Belgium to determine who finishes top.

However, with four points, same as Japan, a victory for either Colombia or Poland tonight means the Teranga Lions can still be overtaken, depending on final results. "I get calls and lots of people are proud and we are proud to represent the African continent".

The Cafeteros could not afford anything but a victory after losing 1-2 to Japan on Monday.

An intriguing match between the two winners of the first day in Group H. Senegal, a team relying on Premier League talent, boast a very dominant spine with a centre back duo and trio of central midfielders that makes playing against them a very hard ordeal.

Japan and Senegal have joined the likes of Mexico, which upset Germany, and Iceland, which held Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

"We've watched the video footage of Senegal players. It's only by winning matches that we can do better than them".

Dramatically, the most successful country in World Cup history, Brazil has a mixed-race population of over 50% (47% of them black) and has relied upon non-white players such as Pele, Garrincha, Romario and Ronaldo to win the trophy five times.

"We need to be able to play to our full potential rather than being reactive to the opposition's strength", coach Akira Nishino said.

"The simple fact we're still in contention at the World Cup gives us the emotional drive we need for these two games we have remaining".

Before their afternoon training session Thursday, the team received a visit from Princess Hisako, honorary patron of the Japan Football Association.

Robert Lewandowski desperately needs to discover the form he showed in qualifying for Poland to have any chance of advancing.

- Poland have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine World Cup matches, since beating Portugal 1-0 in 1986.

"We really wanted to win, we wanted to equalize and also take the lead even though there was only a short period of time left". "You know, no one can play perfectly for 90 minutes, and African players especially lack concentration, particularly in the second half".

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