Japan vs Colombia World Cup 2014 team news: South Americans make eight changes to face Japan
Faryd Mondragon could make late appearance to break record for oldest World Cup player
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Colombia, with two wins and a berth in the last 16 under their belts, made wholesale changes to their team for their Group C clash with Japan at the Pantanal arena on Tuesday.
The only players retained from the starting lineup in Colombia's second victory over Ivory Coast are goalkeeper David Ospina, left back Pablo Armero and midfielder Juan Cuadrado.
Coach Jose Pekerman could give 43-year-old goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon a few minutes as a substitute which would make him the oldest ever player to take the field at a World Cup.
The Japanese, who must win to stand any chance of joining Colombia in the knockout phase, made two changes bringing in forward Shinji Kagawa for striker Yuya Osako and midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama for Hotaru Yamaguchi.
Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Atsuto Uchida, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Yasuyuki Konno, Maya Yoshida, Yoshito Okubo, Toshihiro Aoyama, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa.
Colombia: David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarín, Carlos Valdés, Eder Balanta, Juan Cuadrado, Alexander Mejía, Jackson Martinez, Adrian Ramos, Juan Quintero.
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