Group C fixtures: Colombia Vs Greece – Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte @ 1.00AM (UG TIME) Ivory Coast Vs Columbia – Arena Pernambuco, Recife at 4.00AM (UG TIME)
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Africa’s most fancied side Cote d’Ivoire take to the pitch in the 2014 World Cup finals against Asian side Japan at Arena Pernambuco but may miss the services of the continent’s best player Yaya Toure due to injury. The Manchester City midfield gem is yet to regain his full fitness but coach Sabri Lamouche may be forced to field him after assertions that not all his players are 100%.
Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has been passed fit after he overcame a bout of malaria he suffered in the course of the week.
On the other hand, Japan welcome back skipper Makoto Hasebe from a long term knee injury. Whether he starts remains the decision of the coach as Hotaru Yomaguchi has been in brilliant form in his absence.
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and Italian based Keisuke Honda will be key for the Blue Samurai as The Elephants will task Wilfred Bonny, Solomon Kalou and Didier Drogba plus a rejuvenated Gervinho to look for the goals. In the other game of the group, Columbia take on 2004 Euro winners Greece.