Colombia vs. Japan - Football Match Report

Colombia vs. Japan - Football Match Report

His shot was saved by the out-rushing David Ospina with the rebound from Shinji Kagawa apparently blocked by the hand of Carlos Sanchez.

Japan squared off their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign in style as they scored the second-fastest goal of the tournament in their Group H opener against Colombia at the Mordovia Arena.

Kagawa went close in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a unsafe position in the box.

Despite being a man down the Colombians continued to press and were rewarded with an equalizer six minutes before the break as Quintero sent a free-kick from just outside the area under the leaping Japanese wall.

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Japan held on until the final whistle blew, as they secured a famous upset victory over their Colombian opponents, becoming the first Asian side to beat a team from South America at the World Cup.

Pekerman again looked to the bench in the 59th minute, introducing talisman James Rodriguez as Colombia struggled to create anything significant going forward.

That's the second earliest red card in World Cup history, with Uruguay's Jose Batista still holding the record of 54 seconds from back in 1986.

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"In the second half we could control the game and ball better and that is why we got the second goal".

But it it didn't hinder the game from immediate fireworks as the first red card of Russian Federation 2018 was in the third minute when midfielder Carlos Sanchez produced a professional foul.

Japan's win is the first by an Asian team over a nation from South America in the history of the World Cup, yet Nishino was not getting carried away with the performance ahead of their next match against Senegal on Sunday.

"To lose one player in the three minutes to lose such a crucial player, is not an easy thing", Colombia's Argentine coach Jose Pekerman told reporters.

Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group H match against Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Colombia continued to trouble Brazil with quick attacking movements but as the minutes passed they lost stamina and playing 90 minutes with a man down proved too big a mountain to climb. I'm not sure a red card is needed as well as a penalty, and nor is he - it takes him a long old time to depart.

Los Cafeteros impressed at the 2010 competition, reaching the quarterfinals whilst playmaker James Rodríguez picked up the golden boot in the tournament.

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