Colombia resumes training after surprise loss to Japan

Kazan (Russia), June 20: Colombia’s national team resumed training on Wednesday, a day after Japan dealt them a surprising 2-1 defeat that doused the South Americans’ hopes for a strong start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Thirteen players joined the practice at Sviyaga stadium, west of the city of Kazan, Efe news agency reported. The training session — open to the media for the first 15 minutes — saw goalkeepers Camilo Vargas and Juan Cuadrado train separately with goalkeeping coach Eduardo Niño. Field exercises were the order of the day for defenders Cristian Zapata, Farid Diaz and Yerry Mina, midfielders Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, Matheus Uribe, Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, and forwards Carlos Bacca, Miguel Borja and Luis Fernando Muriel. The rest of Los Cafeteros did recovery exercises in the team’s hotel gym. (IANS)