Our prediction for this match:
Tuesday’s international friendly at Yodoko Sakura Stadium pits together Japan and Colombia, the two national teams who meet for the first time since March 2019. Back then Colombia defeated Japan thanks Radamel Falcao’s goal, meaning that the Samurai Blue are hungry for revenge. Falcao could return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Korea Republic, while fellow star player James Rodriguez should keep his place in the starting line-up.
The hosts, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. Yokohama forward Takuma Nishimura is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute against La Celeste, with Ito and Ueda eyeing spots in the starting XI as well. Anyhow, yet another close encounter is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Radamel Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders.
Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million.
The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.
Highlighted Team (Japan):
Japan national team have been making progress year by year. The Samurai Blue are regarded as one of the best Asian teams and they have established themselves as the regular participants of the FIFA World Cup finals. Japan qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France for the first time in the national team’s history, but they have been taking part at the showpiece tournament ever since.
The Samurai Blue then co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and they did well to make it to the last 16 of the major tournament. The Japanese national team repeated the success eight years later in South Africa, where they were beaten by Paraguay on penalties in the last 16.
It has to be noted that Japan are the only Asian team that participated in the Copa America, with the team taking part in the 2009 and the 2011 tournament. The Samurai Blue wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, whereas their away kits are grey-white.