As the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group-play stage nears its conclusion, a win over Ivory Coast put Colombia in a great position to win Group C. Tonight, in the finale of Thursday's TV schedule (ESPN/UnivisionTV en vivo) and live streaming (ESPN3 free live stream) soccer matches, Japan and Greece will battle it out for a shot at second place.
According to a CBS Sports (June 18) report, kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET from Estádio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, and it will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision's family of networks. Soccer fans following the 2014 FIFA World Cup online can simply visit WatchESPN at 4 p.m. ET to view the free Japan vs. Greece Pre-Match ESPN Live Stream show.
For Japan, this team is coming off a very disappointing, 2-1, loss at the hands of Ivory Coast in the opener. With their backs against the wall, the Japanese side understands the importance of scoring first in tonight's showdown with the Greeks, as reported by FIFA.com.
For Greece, this squad found itself on the losing end of s dogfight against an inspired Colombian side in the first (TV and live stream) match of the 2014 World Cup tournament. As detailed in a FIFA (June 19) report, overcoming the humiliation of being shutout (0-3) is something that starts with the mind and then trickles down to the body, according to Greek midfielder Panagiotis Kone.
"The issue for us was the three or four lapses in the first match," he said. "We certainly have to fix this in order to have a chance of getting a good result in the game against Japan. Beyond that, as I said before, we work hard on the psychological side of things with our coach and amongst ourselves.
"We will try to enjoy the game and to go on to the pitch knowing that we are in a World Cup group stage and that it is a dream for all of us to take part in this global celebration."
For intents and purposes, 2014 FIFA World Cup (soccer) oddsmakers believe that the Asians are the team to beat in this matchup. Moments removed from kickoff, Japan is listed as a +135 favorite to defeat Greece (+220). The OVER/UNDER tallies 2½ goals, while the odds of a draw between Japan and Greece matches the underdogs' line of +220.
Who will rise to the challenge and reinsert themselves back into the race for second place in Group C? Watch Japan battle Greece in a match that could determine the landscape of the pool. Tune to ESPN (national TV), ESPN-Deportes (en vivo), Univision and Univision-Deportes (en vivo) to watch the action on TV, or simply follow the instructions and links above to watch ESPN's free live stream feeds online.