Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

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

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

A lengthy protest followed before Kagawa finally converted from the spot in the sixth minute.

Japan's forward Yuya Osako (C) celebrates with Japan's defender Yuto Nagatomo (L) and Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Colombia and Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 19, 2018.

Shinji Kagawa scored from the resulting penalty to give Japan the lead in the Group H match.

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.

Sanchez became the first player to be red-carded in this year's World Cup and will surely be suspended for his actions.

Japan continue their quest for qualification from Group H when they travel to the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg to face Senegal on Sunday (4pm BST kick-off).

Colombia attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who was left out of the starting line-up due to muscle pain, replaced Quintero in the 59th minute but failed to change the course of the match.

It is also the first time Colombia would lose to an Asian side at the World Cup.

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Uruguay's Alberto Batista who was sent off after 54 seconds in a 1986 World Cup game against Scottland is now followed by Sanchez at the second spot after he was shown a red card in just two minutes and 56 seconds.

"The players hung tough and battled well and this is the result", said Japan head coach Akira Nishino.

Osako nodded Keisuke Honda's corner home in the 73rd minute at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Colombia conceded a penalty and had a man sent off inside three minutes, with Carlos Sanchez dismissed for handling Shinji Kagawa's shot at a goal left exposed by bad defending. He almost single-handedly guided Colombia into the championship by scoring six goals in only five games.

Japan overcame 10-man Colombia to cruise to a 2-1 win in the first encounter of Group in the ongoing Russia World Cup 2018.

Colombia responded well to going a goal and a man down, but when, in the second half, they could barely get a touch of the ball, Pekerman brought on James Rodriguez. 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.

Despite enjoying the lion's share of the possession - and much of it in Japan's half - Colombia struggled to carve out chances until Radamel Falcao volleyed straight at goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima after 34 minutes.

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