Kagawa, Osaka help Japan down Colombia

Marcus Newton
June 23, 2018

"He also couldn't score last World Cup and I knew he really wanted to score this game". "In the second half, Japan adapted its style and managed to score by playing better and taking advantage of their opportunities".

Rabat- Egypt has lost its second game to win the World Cup's group stage to Russian Federation, ending its hopes for 2018, while Senegal was the first African team to win a game at the tournament.

Rodriguez didn't have as much success following the World Cup.

Contrary to expectations, 61st ranked Japan edged past 16th ranked Colombia 2-1, courtesy Yuya Osako's second-half header, in their opening match of Group H at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup here at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Senegal's 2-1 win over Poland on Tuesday was celebrated across the continent after the other teams from the continent including Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco lost their opening matches.

Senegal fans have in fact been seen doing the same at this year's World Cup - but it's the Japanese who pioneered it and are now famous for it. Japan showed their class to beat the ten men on Colombia 2-1.

It was the ideal start to their campaign, making Japan the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup.

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Separately, Colombia's national team called on the country's fans to behave themselves, after a video was posted showing a supporter encouraging a female Japan fan to repeat offensive phrases in Spanish.

As Round 1 of the group stage ended on Tuesday, both games in Group H ended with an unexpected result.

"We only depend on what we do from now on", Falcao said.

They took the lead shortly before half-time after an Idrissa Gueye shot was deflected off Thiago Cionek.

Pekerman said he's waiting to set the lineup because "circumstances that can change the team in many ways, and we need to be careful".

Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have handled the ball and was subsequently red carded after just two minutes and 56 seconds - the second quickest sending off in World Cup history - and former Manchester United midfielder Kagawa capitalized from the spot.

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