Get an inside peek at the international zest being brought to World Cup 2018 in Russia. USA TODAY Sports .Group H finally gets its first worldwide showcase on Tuesday.
James Rodriguez — a breakthrough star from the 2014 World Cup — might hit the field for the time at this World Cup when Colombia takes on Japan. His playing status is in doubt. Rodriguez — the 2014 World Cup’s top goal-scorer — is recovering from a calf injury and might not be able to play Tuesday.
Colombia, however, is expected to have star striker Radamel Falcao on the field. Falcao missed the World Cup four years ago due to a knee injury.
The final teams to get in their first 2018 World Cup games will be Poland and Senegal.
The capper of the day will be host Russia’s second game, which is against Egypt. Egypt will be hoping to have its star player — Mohamed Salah — in action for the first time in this year’s World Cup. Russia, meanwhile, is coming off a 5-0 drubbing of Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opener and is a surprise leader after one round of games in Group A.