Japan and Senegal will be vying for a win when they meet, a victory from either side would take them a step closer to the knockout stage.

The two unfancied sides are in a group also containing Colombia and Poland lead the standings after one game, and in pole position to make the knockout stages – something these two countries have done only three times between them.

Each side got off to a great start, with Japan deservedly defeating 10-man Colombia 2-1, while Senegal were very impressive as they overcame a very disappointing Poland side 2-1.

This group was viewed pre-tournament as likely to be the most tightly-contested pool and the early indications are that could prove to be the case.

Team news:


Leicester City forward Shinki Okazaki could start for Japan having come off the bench in their opening game versus Colombia.


Saliou Ciss remains unavailable with an injury.

Possible Line-ups

Japan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Yoshida, Haruguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako, Hasebe, Sakai.

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kalibouly, Sbaly, Sane, Gana, A.Ndiaye, P.Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, Mane.

Group H, Japan Vs Senegal

Match Timing: 20:30 IST

Match Venue:  Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia