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Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia

19 June 2018

This is the first World Cup at which four South American nations have failed to win their first game since 1974.

Sanchez was given a red card in the third minute of the game as a result, and it was the right call by the head official. The referee was quick to send off Sanchez, awarding a penalty to Japan which was converted by Kagawa.

Jose Batista holds the record for the fastest red card after he flew into a challenge with Gordon Strachan less than a minute on the clock. Japan break and Davinson Sanchez lets the ball bounce, allowing Osako to hustle him out of it and run in on goal.

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

Kagawa stepped up to score the resulting penalty to put Japan in the lead.

"He played well in Germany this season", Honda said of the Werder Bremen forward. He almost single-handedly guided Colombia into the championship by scoring six goals in only five games. "I'm happy he scored".

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The news comes as a blow to Colombians, who will have fresh memories of what Rodriguez did on the World Cup stage four years ago. The Asian side limped into the World Cup, losing friendlies to Ukraine, Ghana and Switzerland before topping Paraguay in the final tune-up.

Shinji Kagawa of Japan celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Colombia.

Japan started the game on an exciting note, pressing heavily from the word go as they had a shot at goal inside the first couple of minutes.

"Despite that we came back in the second half, but with Japan having an extra player, it was very hard to recover possession".

Sanchez did not speak to reporters after the match.

After a frantic first half, the game slowed in the second but Osako burst into the Colombia box and drew a save from David Ospina with a tricky close-range shot that the Arsenal goalkeeper parried away.

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The win provided joy to a country recovering from a deadly quake in Osaka a day earlier.

Sanchez will miss Colombia's second group game against Poland.

But it was apparent within minutes, when Sanchez got the red card, that the rematch would not go so smoothly for the Colombians.

It's impossible to forget Colombia forward James Rodriguez's unbelievable run in the 2014 World Cup. The Bayern Munich midfielder has an injured left calf and was on the bench at the start.

Keisuke Honda has now become the first Asian player to provide an assist in three different World Cups.

Moments later, Skomina ordered both teams to change sides, after which the match began.

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Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia