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Japan upsets Colombia at World Cup

Japan upsets Colombia at World Cup

Colombia responded well to their adversity, moving the ball nicely, but Japan missed two great changes to effectively finish the game.

Colombia: Ospina (6), Murillo (6), Arias (6), Mojica (6), D. Sanchez (5), C. Sanchez (3), Cuadrado (5), Lerma (5), Quintero (6), Izquierdo (5), Falcao (6).

Referee Damir Skomina brandished the red card but Sanchez initially refused to leave the field, sitting down on the turf in disbelief.

"Right now our pain is precisely because after that huge effort after scoring that goal. we lost because we were worn down, we were exhausted and even if I tried subbing on a couple of fresh players it was very hard for us to recover possession and Japan had its opportunities", Pekerman said.

Japan's numerical superiority began to show in the closing stages as the "Blue Samurai" managed to control possession and take the sting out of any potential Colombian comeback.

Victory over Colombia will give Japan hope of progressing beyond the group stage for the first time since 2010, while Pekerman will hope that James can return to full fitness in time for their forthcoming clash with Poland.




In catching Colombia cold at the Mordovia Arena, Japan earned their first ever win over Los Cafeteros, avenging their 4-1 defeat to the same opponents at Brazil 2014, and picked up three precious points in their bid to advance from Group H.

Barrios was booked for a foul on Kagawa, and then Inui threatened again before his shot, after cutting inside, was blocked by a defender. Colombia are in a situation.

Colombia hit back! Quintero with the goal just before Half-time! Clever clever! I love this game! The goal was confirmed by goal-line technology. They're finding space now, and Kagawa slides left to Inui, who comes inside, opens his body and curls towards the far corner. Still, though, Japan are coming and Colombia are tottering. David Ospina had come for the cross, leaving a big target for Osako, but the header was perfectly placed into the corner.

Osako with the all-important goal for Japan... Ospina, obviously, is nowhere. He swings a huge foot at it, but Osako dives in to deflect the ball over the top.

This was the first time Japan had won a World Cup game on European soil, and the first time they had beaten a side from South America at the tournament.

This is the first World Cup tournament in which as many as four South American teams have failed to win their opening game since 1974. The record is now P18 W1 D3 L14.

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