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Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit

24 June 2018

Aliou Cisse, Senegal's likeable coach and their skipper in that World Cup run in 2002, sent his substitutes to warm up five minutes into the second period as Japan began the half the better.

Individual mistakes cost Poland against Senegal but Adam Nawalka's team never really got going in their first match, looking a yard off the pace, short of ideas and with star man Robert Lewandowski isolated.

There's very little to separate all four teams in this group, and it should be a fascinating evening.

England faces Panama at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT, 1200 GMT) in Nizhny Novgorod.

England may not have the services of Dele Alli, who has a thigh strain.

The final standings for groups A and B will be decided on the third round of matches, with games taking place simultaneously.

"This will be my last World Cup and I am pouring all my energy into it".

But they are not out of the woods yet - to have a chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962, Germany must beat South Korea by a two-goal margin in Kazan on Wednesday. "But definitely they can play together and if they are top form we are tempted to play them together".

"Something like this can be a big moment in the tournament". "But overall, the most important analysis is that the 11 of us got three points".

The disciplinary records of Spain and Portugal could be used to decide the winners of the World Cup's Group B if they both win by the same scoreline in their final qualification matches.

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The Asian giants have vowed to take an aggressive approach against Senegal, who are spearheaded by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Japanese coach Akira Nishino revealed his side will have a special plan to stop Mane, intimating up to three players could mark the forward. We should have played sharper.

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent worldwide tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime.

He said: "I am the only black coach in this World Cup".

He showed his combative nature by registering a total of seven tackles during his time on the pitch, and this is the type of battling midfielder Colombia will need to complement their attacking talent. "Even if it is slightly risky we want to attack and try to win".

FIFA World Cup 2018 England vs Panama, Japan vs Senegal and Poland vs Colombia football matches will kick off at 1730 hrs IST, 2030 hrs IST and 2330 hrs on Thursday.

In addition to Sanchez's suspension and Rodriguez's recovery, Pekerman hinted at making further changes to his starting XI for the Kazan clash.

The princess spoke with squad members and posed for a photo with the senior national side, as well as the Japan under-19 players now attending the camp.

Asked if his captain could hit the heights of a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Southgate said he had started "brilliantly" and praised him for staying mentally strong as he waited to take penalties while the Panamanian players argued.

Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit