After Colombia’s narrow 2-1 win in the battle of the Group C winners earlier this evening, tonight’s late match sees the two first round losers squaring up. Japan are a young, stylish team, backed by some to be the next breakthrough side at the top of the international game. Their loss in the first round was a tight affair and go into this game as the favourites.
Greece didn’t set the world alight in their first match, comfortably beaten by Colombia. It was a continuation of a dreadful record at the World Cup finals for Greek teams which, on that showing at least, shows little sign of abating. Nevertheless, if Greece are able to find their feet – and more importantly, their scoring boots – they could yet spark the group into life and turn their final game with the Ivory Coast into a winner-takes-all bonanza. A Greek win would also do Colombia a solid: it would guarantee the South Americans passage to the second round for only the second time in their history.
Mark Murphy and Ted “the ninja” Carter will be your guide to this one.
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