A couple of 4 p.m. Eastern Time games are on Tuesday’s World Cup 2014 (Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil) slate, highlighted by Colombia vs. Japan (Japon), which will be televised nationally (ESPN TV schedule/Univision Español en vivo) and live streaming for soccer and football fans everywhere. On June 23, MLS reported that Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil, will host this Group C clash beginning with the pre-match show two hours before kickoff.
Those watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup online can get their pre-game party started as early as 2 p.m. Eastern Time courtesy of ESPN’s family of networks (Pre-Match Coverage - Japan vs. Colombia - 2014 FIFA World Cup). ESPN3’s free live stream feed gives Colombian and Japanese aficionados an in-depth look at what happens when the players arrive at the arena and all their pre-game rituals.
Simultaneous TV (English/Español) coverage of this intercontinental match gets underway following the online-exclusive content at around 3:30 p.m. ET. Univision (en vivo), ESPN (DirecTV channel 206) and CBC (Canada) will handle broadcasting duties for what should be a very interesting clash. It’s worth noting that those who wish to continue watching online can pick from the following live streaming ESPN3 (Internet) options:
(3:30 p.m.) Japan vs. Colombia (Group C) (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(3:55 p.m.) Highlight Reel - Japan vs. Colombia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(3:55 p.m.) Korean Audio - Japan vs. Colombia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(3:55 p.m.) Tactical Cam - Japan vs. Colombia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(3:57 p.m.) Em Português - Japão vs. Colômbia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
What can soccer/football/futbol fans expect to see when they tune in or live stream this 2014 FIFA World Cup (Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil) showdown? For starters, Colombia has certainly earned the respect of oddsmakers. Moments removed from kickoff, the South American side is listed as a -120 betting favorite to defeat Japan’s +290 odds of a victory.
It's also worth noting that the chances that there will be a draw is the third most likely scenario at +300, according to Internet figures. Finally, the OVER/UNDER for this Colombia vs. Japan 2014 World Cup match is set at a combined total of 2½ goals.
Although there isn’t much at stake for Colombia after punching their ticket into the Round of 16, the same cannot be said for Japan, despite their poor start, this team is still very much in the race for the second qualifying spot. Can they find that missing spark in time to make things interesting in the Group C standings? Soccer/football/futbol fans cannot afford to miss what is sure to be a very intriguing affair. Tune to ESPN (TV/Internet live stream), Univision (en vivo en Español) or CBC to watch it all unfold.