Japan became the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup and ended the day leading one of the most intriguing groups in the tournament. On Tuesday, Russia has seen a historic win for Japan who defeated Colombia in Group H thriller with scores 2 -1.
Japan earn Asia’s first-ever World Cup win over South American opposition
Carlos Sanchez suffers the second-fastest dismissal in World Cup history
Colombia has to plaly with 10 men for almost 85 minutes.
Japan forward Yuya Osako awarded man of the match.
It was a match which had plenty of talking points — a first red card of the World Cup, a penalty, a clever freekick and a historic first win for Japan.
Watch full highlights of Japan Vs Colombia FIFA World cup football match here:
The game began at a frenetic pace, with Japan forcing a penalty that led to a red card for Colombia defender Carlos Sanchez allowing Shinji Kagawa to put the Asian side ahead from the spot. Cafetero coach Jose Pekerman shuffled his pack to give his side a chance of overcoming their numerical disadvantage and getting back into the game. Battling for every ball, Colombia captain Radamel Falcao earned the free-kick from which Juan Quintero equalised before half-time.
“I said at half-time that if we can keep the ball moving, we can deprive the Colombia players of their stamina. Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us. This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration.” – Japan coach Akira Nishino
Japan dominated the second half, creating a series of chances before Yuya Osako headed in the winner from a set-piece. Colombia tried to respond again in the closing stages, when Rodríguez had a left-foot shot blocked, but playing the best part of an hour and a half with 10 men took a draining toll.
See all goals details of Japan Vs Colombia FIFA World cup football match:
- 6′ : KAGAWA (JAPAN) SUCCESSFULLY CONVERTS THE PENALTY!
- Penalty to Japan! Carlos Sanchez is adjudged to have committed a handball inside the area.
- 39′: J. QUINTERO (COLOMBIA) SCORES DIRECT FROM A FREE-KICK!
- 73′: OSAKO (JAPAN) SCORES!!
- Japan finally retake the lead against ten-man Colombia. Osako somehow managed to leap highest in a packed penalty area to glance in from a perfectly-flighted corner.
“It is tough to lose a player so early, especially one so important. Despite that we came back in the second half. But with Japan having an extra player, it was very hard to recover possession.” – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman
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