Colombia vs. Japan - Football Match Report

Clyde Nash
June 19, 2018

The Samurai Blue were aided by the second-quickest ever red card shown at the finals, as Carlos Sanchez was dismissed inside the opening three minutes for a handball inside the box.

Colombia, which played with 10 men for the rest of the match, scored late in the first half on Juan Quintero's rolling but accurate free kick, which sneaked inside the right post.

Japan also felt Rodriguez's wrath in that World Cup, as he inspired Colombia to a 4-1 win in the group stages after entering the game as a substitute.

Colombia continued to rally but the effect of playing with 10 men for nearly the entire game took its toll with Japan holding out, leaving Colombia with a mountain to climb in Group H. David Ospina saved his shot, but the ball arrived into the path of Shinji Kagawa, whose shot was stopped by Carlos Sanchez, hurling himself in its way but connecting with an arm.

None of Colombia's 19 games at the World Cup have ended goalless.

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Griezmann was clipped by Joshua Risdon, but Cunha did not blow immediately and instead used technology to revisit the incident. But a handball by Samuel Umititi gave Mile Jedinak the chance to equalize through another penalty of the game in the 62 minute.

The moment which settled the match came on three minutes, when an error from Davinson Sanchez allowed Yuga Osako in on goal. Get live score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 match between Colombia and Japan here.

It promises to be an interesting match as Colombia opening up their World Cup campaign with a matchup against Japan. Shinji Kagawa remains a big name but he hasn't had the brightest time and Japan are lacking in attacking options up front.

Back to the red card theme, and Sanchez became the second-fastest player to be sent off in a World Cup.

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

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I will play for the fans from all over the world because I know that many are hoping me to win this Grand Slam finally", she said. She was rewarded with a break in the second and fourth games to take a 4-0 lead looking totally in charge of proceedings.

He came on to join captain Radamel Falcao in the 59th minute, but his best chances were thwarted by Japan's desperate defending near the goal. He almost single-handedly guided Colombia into the championship by scoring six goals in only five games.

"If we had actually won the World Cup, we would have had a parade on the main street of Saransk", Japan coach Akira Nishino said.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Colombia gained a foothold in the game and were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area in the 38th minute after Falcao was bundled over by Yoshida.

It's impossible to forget Colombia forward James Rodriguez's awesome run in the 2014 World Cup.

Pekerman also subbed out experienced midfielder Juan Cuadrado earlier than anticipated in response to Sanchez's red card.

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