Psychic parrot tips Japan to fall off perch in Russian Federation

Sherman Parsons
June 23, 2018

Russia's victory was predicted by the "psychic" cat Achilles, who also predicted Russia's win in the World Cup opening game.

However, the odds are not good for Japan upsetting Colombia in Saransk as Olivia has an uncanny knack for being right.

Colombia's triumphs in the past World Cup included a 4-1 victory over Japan in the final game of group play.

"We discussed before World Cup finals: if Poland play against Russian Federation, there will be no issue at home", he said in an interview with FIFA website.

Japan's FA stunned the country's football community by sacking national team head coach Vahid Halilhodzic two months before the World Cup but Tuesday's 2-1 win over Colombia in their group opener appears to have vindicated the shock decision.

Kagawa then put Japan ahead from the penalty spot but even with 10 men Jose Pekerman was able to make his side competitive and Juan Fernando Quintero leveled the score with a free-kick six minutes before half-time. "Today we finally accompany our team COLOMBIA!" Japan showed their class to beat the ten men on Colombia 2-1.

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Morocco lost its opening game 0-1 to Iran, before losing by the same scoreline to Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal despite putting on brilliant displays in both games.

The Japanese Embassy in Moscow told AFP Princess Takamado would also travel to Yekaterinburg where Japan will play Senegal on Sunday and where she will take part in a seminar on traditional "Kyudo" archery.

Despite being the first Asian team to defeat a South American side, the supporters of the blue samurai did not go overboard. "We need to question everything and prepare for the Japan match in the same way", he said.

"I think it's a wonderful thing that the World Cup brings so many nations and people together and get to learn and exchange these kinds of things".

As far as teams are concerned, David Ospina of Arsenal and Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham will be joining forces to guard the Colombia goal, while Chelsea's Radamel Falcao will lead the line.

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