Tuesday Jun 24, 2014. 09:16
Japan's destiny at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be decided on Tuesday afternoon at Cuiaba when they face Colombia in their final Group C match.
Samurai Blue's survival is not as easy as turning up, beating Colombia and popping the champagne at fulltime to remain in Brazil.
Japan are third in Group C on one point, two behind second placed Cote d'Ivoire and five adrift of Colombia who have already advanced to the last 16 after an impressive one hundred per cent run with a game in hand.
Furthermore, Japan are tied on one point with bottom placed Greece who also have an outside chance of advancing with a win over Cote d'Ivoire in their simultaneous kick off at Fortaleza.
However, Japan's influential midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Samurai Blue can get out of jail and advanced to the last 16 for a second successive tournament.
"Although it is now out of our hands, I believe in miracles and we still have a chance to make the knockout stage," Honda said.
"The possibility that this will come true is not zero."
Meanwhile, this will be Colombia and Japan’s first meeting at the World Cup.
But the South Americans enjoy an edge over the Asian champions from two previous meetings with a scoreless draw in the 2007 Kirin Cup and a 1-0 win in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.