Group H is home to Poland, Colombia, Japan and Senegal – featuring an in-form Sadio Mane – and though Colombia and Senegal are the two favourites to progress with ease, shock results and surprises can always happen.
Poland have shown that they are a strong force after losing only to eventual champions Portugal by way of penalties in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Euros, while Japan will be looking to seek revenge against Colombia after they were beaten by the side 4-1 in Brazil four years ago.
Goal will take a look at the rundown of the Group H fixtures ahead of the June start, as well as what to expect from each team and more.
World Cup 2018 - Group H Fixtures
|June 19||Colombia 1-2 Japan||1pm UK / 8am US ET||Mordovia Arena, Saransk|
|June 19||Poland 1-2 Senegal||4pm UK / 11am US ET||Otkrytie Arena, Moscow|
|June 24||Japan 2-2 Senegal||4pm UK / 11am US ET||Central Stadium, Ekaterinburg|
|June 24||Poland 0-3 Colombia||7pm UK / 2pm US ET||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|June 28||Japan 0-1 Poland||3pm UK / 10am US ET||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd|
|June 28||Senegal 0-1 Colombia||3pm UK / 10am US ET||Samara Arena, Samara|
Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history as Colombia slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan in Mordovia.
Shinji Kagawa put Japan ahead from the penalty spot after Sanchez's handball saw him sent off, and though Juan Fernando Quintero levelled before half-time, Koln forward Yuya Osako headed the winner in the 73rd minute for Japan.
Elsewhere, Poland were incredibly unimpressive as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Senegal, with M'Baye Niang taking advantage of a mix-up between Grzegorz Krychowiak and Wojciech Szczesny to finish Senegal's second goal with ease.
Senegal and Japan played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague's goals cancelled out by Takashi Inui and substitute Keisuke Honda's equalisers.
Poland became the first European team to be eliminated from the World Cup after being beaten 3-0 by Colombia. Yerry Mina gave Colombia the lead five minutes before the break, with second-half goals from Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado putting the seal on a comfortable win.
Colombia topped their group and eliminated Senegal from the competition after winning 1-0, while Poland also beat Japan 1-0. Senegal and Japan were level on points but it was Senegal who crashed out due to their poorer disciplinary record – as new FIFA fair play rules come into effect as a tie-breaker.
World Cup 2018 - Group H Table Standings
World Cup 2018 - Group H Squads
Poland's 23-man preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Jacek Goralski, Kamil Goricki, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Slawomir Peszko, Maciej Rybus, Piotr Zielinski, Rafal Kurzawa, Karol Linetty; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukasz Teodorczyk
Senegal's 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
Colombia's 23-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Fernando Quintero, Mateus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel
Japan's 23-man final squad: Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Wataru Endo, Naomichi Ueda, Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto