Copa Libertadores

Changes coming to Colombia's team at World Cup after loss

KAZAN, Russia (AP) Changes are coming to Colombia's team at the World Cup after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan.

The South Americans thrashed the same opponent 4-1 in the group stage in the 2014 edition in Brazil, so Tuesday's defeat was even more upsetting for Colombia.

Coach Jose Pekerman now is working on rearranging his team for Sunday's clash against Poland, which also suffered a setback by losing to Senegal in its first match. Pekerman is being forced to shuffle his defensive midfielders, since Carlos Sanchez picked up an early red card and is banned for the second match. The Argentine has a natural replacement in Wilmar Barrios, who plays for Boca Juniors.