"Our rivals are going to try to neutralise our best players, so we have to support them". "We always wait until the very last minute before we decide".
The bird successfully predicted six out of seven results at the 2015 women's World Cup and five out of seven at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Japan takes the lead through an early penalty converted by Shinji Kagawa. Oddsmakers use these numbers and the memory of Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan in the 2014 World Cup to install Los Cafeteros as favorites in this 2018 contest.
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However, a persistent calf strain, which he first injured in February on duty with Bayern, has affected his World Cup preparations and he was unable to train last Friday.
Jose Pekerman's squad are determined not to be lulled into complacency by the thrashing of Japan four years ago and Muriel had clearly been doing his homework on the Blue Samurai.
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Russian Federation who emphatically won their opening game 5-0 against Asian side Saudi Arabia will be hoping that they can win this game and qualify for the round of 16 in what would be a dream start to their World Cup campaign.
Colombia are the Group H favourites and expected to beat Japan, who only installed Akira Nishino as head coach in April after sacking Vahid Halilhodzic in a high-risk move.
Senegal have areas of weakness in their side, although at the back they have a colossal defender in Kalidou Koulibaly and in the final third a game-changer in the form of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
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There are bad ways to start a World Cup, but Colombia's Carlos Sanchez reached almost unprecedented ground in experiencing one.