Four years after Colombia toppled Japan 4-1 in Brazil, the two teams face off in World Cup play once again. This time, Club América midfielder Mateus Uribe could play a role for Las Cafeteros, especially with James Rodriguez in doubt due to muscle fatigue.
Uribe has made eight appearances for Colombia, most recently playing 63 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Egypt in a pre-World Cup friendly. He featured in the midfield for 90 minutes against France in a 3-2 in another pre-World Cup friendly. He’s made two appearances in competitive matches, helping Colombia to wins over Bolivia and Ecuador in World Cup qualifying.
Uribe proved to be a scoring threat this tournament with 8 goals and will look to score his first for Colombia at the World Cup. If he plays against Japan, it would be his World Cup debut.
Colombia vs Japan (Group H, Matchday 1)
Tuesday, June 19 – 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT
Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia