The Samurai Blue took further advantage of the early call by converting from the penalty spot through Shinji Kagawa.
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STARTING XI: Ospina; Arias, D.Sanchez, Murillo, Mojica; C.Sanchez, Lerma; Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo; Falcao
SUBS: Vargas, J.F Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, James, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, F.Diaz, Borja
STARTING XI: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako
SUBS: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Sakai
Jose Pekerman: "The short-term objective is to get through the group stage, and this is not easy at all. The team, four years ago, started in good form and improved as the tournament went on and reached the quarter-finals. This team still has to show this level. We respect all the World Cup teams. There are many favorites. We hope to do as well as we did four years ago, or better, but the truth is that we'll go match by match."
Akira Nishino: "There were players who were a bit shocked by this incident and they were concerned about relatives and family members. They were concerned, so this psychological impact is something I am a bit worried about. But we, the team staff, are consulting with them and hope they will settle down."
COLOMBIA SUBS: Vargas, J.F Cuadrado, Zapata, Bacca, Aguilar, James, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, F.Diaz, Borja
JAPAN SUBS: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Sakai