The only fixture that perhaps features at the odd slot of 6:30 am IST is the match between Group C sides Japan and Ivory Coast.
Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Date: June 15th
Time: 6: 30am IST
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US viewers can watch the game on ESPN and ABC while the live streaming online will be available HERE.
In India, the live coverage will be on TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For live streaming of the match click HERE in India.
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The Elephants have what they call ‘the golden generation’ in their ranks and this could be their last roll of the dice to vie for the big one. With heavyweights like the Toure brothers, Drogba and Salamon Kalou in their lineup, Ivory Coast boasts of one the best sides in Africa. The Ivoirians have failed to get past the group stage on both their previous world cup appearances and they will look to change their fortunes this year.
The Red Samurai on the other hand have been in an impressive run of form. They are undefeated in their last 5 games and head to Recife to make it 6 in a row. They boast of the services of players like Honda, Okazaki and Kagawa, all of whom have been hot properties in Europe over the years.
With over 140 appearances to his name, Japanese veteran Endo is the second most capped player in the world cup. Aged 34, the midfielder’s experience will add immense value to the Red Samurais.
Ivory Coast (Possible, 4-3-3): Barry; Aurier, K Touré, Zokora, Boka; Tioté, Y Touré, Serey Die; Bony, Drogba, Gervinho.
Japan (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Endo; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Kakitani.
Prediction: 2-1 to Ivory Coast
Players to watch out for:
Ivory Coast – Captain Fantastic Didier Drogba will indeed be the man to watch out for. He might presumably be playing in his last tournament and hence will look to make it count. He partners the young Wilfred Bony and the duo will make a great attacking pair.
Japan – ‘Emperor Keisuke’ will be the one pulling the strings in the Japanese midfield. He partners Manchester United mideo Shinji Kagawa to form the heart of the Japanese creativity.