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Japan Make World Cup History With Win Over 10-Man Colombia

Japan Make World Cup History With Win Over 10-Man Colombia

Japan defeated 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opening Group H clash at Mordovia Arena, Saransk on Tuesday.
Yuya Osako headed in the winner after Juan Quintero’s 39th minute free-kick had cancelled out Shinji Kagawa’s third minute openee from the spot.

Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute of the defeat after he stopped a goal-bound shot with his hand in the penalty box .
Despite playing with a man down, Colombia did not let their heads drop as they strived to get back into the game after the setback.


Juan Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off while Radamel Falcao was a thorn in the flesh of the Japanese defence.
Falcao won a free-kick at the edge of the box in the 39th minute and Qunitero cheekily slotted his shot under the wall which beat Eiji Kawashima in goal.

In the second half, Colombia lacked creativity and never looked like scoring until their manager Jose Pekerman brought on James Rodriguez for Qunitero on the hour mark.

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But the Los Cafeteros were stunned in the 73rd minute. Hiroki Sakai’s close-range shot was blocked for a corner and the resultant corner was headed in by Osako.

James’s shot from eight yards was superbly blocked behind by matchwinner Osako.

Japan held off a late challenge from Colombia to become the first Asian team to beat a South American team after 18 attempts at the FIFA World Cup.

It is also the first time Colombia would lose to an Asian side at the World Cup.
Japan will face Senegal in their next game while Colombia will look to redeem their image when they face Poland also in their next game.

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  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    So far every team at this world cup played with super passion except for our own super eagles who played their usual old school back pass and belle follow slow motion football. Kudos to Japan they fought like lions and Colombia lost gallantly…. Eagles wake up or get out

  • Amaechi Ajah 3 years ago

    wat i notice so far @ds mundial is dat is nt abt playin or having d best legs wt u is all abt playin dos dat ar willing, determine, zeal, d die hard spirit and yeah luck. The 3 lions line up an 11 players dat hv never played 2geda yet dey fought til d end, Japan had Honda and Kagawa wt dem yet stil prefer bringing dem on for d last 20 & 5 minutes. Hmm!

  • Senegal just beat Poland with the same formation we used against them (poland) and against Croatia. Senegal learned from the game between 9ja and Poland and that really enabled them to beat the Poles today. I know people will say senegal showed more hunger and were tactically more discipline than we were. They never gave milik oe lewandoski and space, i barely saw both players in the game, only heard milik’s name once and it was when he missed that chance late in the 2nd half. Though we would like to fault the formation the coach utilized the players should get more of the stick than d coach imho. Again, I repeat if we had used that same formation, tactics, and players against Croatia and had won the match, we will be calling GR a genius and a master tactician. Failure is an orphan as d saying goes.

    God bless 9ja and its people