Cuiaba: Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia today but is relying on events elsewhere if his side are to reach the World Cup last 16.
Alberto Zaccheroni. Pic/AFP
Little has gone right for the Blue Samurai since they started brightly against Ivory Coast, taking an early lead through Keisuke Honda only to concede twice.
Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa was relegated to the bench for the next game against Greece and although he came on in the second half, the match finished in a drab 0-0 draw.
After the stalemate against 10-man Greece a frustrated Honda was damning about the team's lack of creative spark.
Japan's destiny is out of their hands and their fate depends on the outcome of the Ivory Coast versus Greece game.