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Japan – Greece
When: 19 June 2014 – 23:00 GMT
Where: Arena das Dunas, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte
Referee:‬ J. Aguilar
Live Odds: 2.50 | 3.30 | 2.75 – Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to €200

Greece and Japan will meet this Thursday in Natal forced to get a victory to keep their hopes of reaching the round of 16 alive following defeats in their opening matches against Colombia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Known for their defensive strength, the Greeks style of play was surprisingly attacking-minded in their opener. Of course, that could be attributed to the fact they were behind from the 5th minute.

But Georgios Samaras assures the circumstances of the game had nothing to do with Greece’s switch in style of Fernando Santos’ men.

“I know what everyone expected of Greece, though: that we would have 11 men behind the ball, defend, defend, defend and give everything to keep a clean sheet. But I think what they saw was a team that likes to attack, that moves the ball really well, and that tries always to create chances,” he said to FIFA.com. “We went out to win against Colombia, and that philosophy will not change.”

Admittedly, playing a different style didn’t work so well for the 2004 European champions, who finished on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. “We just hope it brings a better result for us because Japan is now a must, must-win game for us,” said the 29-year old forward.

Japan were faring better thanks to Keisuke Honda’s strike in the first half, but struggled to hold on against a very physical Cote d’Ivoire side. Once Didier Drogba entered the field, it took his team only a few minutes to turn around the score, with goals by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho – the latter with the help of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni admitted after the loss that he could make radical changes to his squad for the match at Arena das Dunas, but Honda feels the Asian champions just need to focus on their strong areas.

“Possession, that is our strength,” said Honda. “When we have the ball we just need to keep the ball and not give it away easily. When we do lose the ball we should press immediately. That is our philosophy. The last game we lost the ball too easily so that is how we spent a lot of energy in the first half; that is the point. That is why we must concentrate on keeping the ball.”

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