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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spirited Japan floor Colombia 2-1 - As it happened

Yuya Osako scored a perfect header off a brilliant corner steering Japan to a historic 2-1 win over Colombia in the Group H match. 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Spirited Japan floor Colombia 2-1 - As it happened
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MOSCOW: Japan scripted a historic win over Colombia, making the most of Colombia’s early red card in their 2-1 win over the South Americans. Japan’s Yuya Osako netted a perfect header, off a brilliant corner to score Japan’s second goal. Earlier, Carlos Sanchez was sent off after a handball in the penalty box, in the third minute of the game. Both sides face Poland and Senegal next in the Group H. 

Here are the updates from the match:

Japan become the first ever Asian team to beat a South American side at a World cup. 



90+4 minute: Colombia's Carlos Bacca found space from the left-flank but disappoints. 

2 minutes to go!

90+3 minute: 10-man Colombia are striving to equalise, but the Japanese players are not giving anything away. 

90+1 minute: Free-kick to Japan, who look in no hurry out there. Colombians are pushing hard. 

5 minutes of Stoppage time!

88 minute:  Excellent run by Johan Mojica but fails to make the most of it. Throw-in for Colombia. That was close!

85 minute: Yellow card! James Rodriguez gets a yellow card. Colombia are running out of time. 

84 minute: Hard yards for the Colombians as the search for space up-front. Japan holds on to the possession. 

There have 17 attempts by an Asian team to beat a South American team at a World Cup, Japan on the verge of changing that. 

10 minutes to go!

79 minute: Substitution for Japan. Hotaru Yamaguchi replaces Shibasaki 

76 minute: Corner for Colombia. Japan hold their nerve as they escape. Great block by Japanese defender. 

Japan 2-1 Colombia!

73 minute: GOAL!!!!  Yuya Osako scores a perfect header off a brilliant corner taken by Keisuke Honda. Japan take the lead. 


Japan- 60 percent

Colombia - 40 percent

70 minute: Colombia's Bacca in for Izquierdo. 

68 minute: Substitution for Japan! Keisuke Honda replaces Shinji Kagawa. 

65 minute: Corner for Japan. Colombia have failed to trouble the Japanese in the second-half. Japan, on the other hand, look spirited to take away three points from the game. 

64 minute: Yellow card! Colombia's Wilmar Barrios gets booked for a bad foul. 

62 minute: Can James Rodriguez inspire Colombia to a win from this stage. The Colombians have not had a shot on the Japenese goal so far. 

60 minute: Great run by the Japanese right-back but shoots it wide. Japan need to capitalise on their chances if they fancy themselves to win this match. 

58 minute: Substitution for Colombia, The golden boot winner of the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez replaces Juan Quintero. 

56 minute: MISS!! The Japanese players are knocking on the Colombian half early in the second-half. 

54 minute:  Brilliant pass by the Japanese player, but the forward hits it directly to the goalkeeper. Japan look determined. 

49 minute: Corner for Japan. Maya Yoshida could not turn and have a shot at the Colombian goal, gets outnumbered by Colombia's defenders. 

47 minute: The Japanese players need to accelerate in the second-half, they operated the ball slowly in the first-half and seemed to had lost their way after a dream start. 

Second-half is underway. 

10-man Colombia have recovered really well after Carlos Sanchez was sent-off in the early minutes of the match. This was the second quickest red card given at a World Cup match. The quickest red card was in 1986. Read more about it here.

Colombia 1-1 Japan!


1 minute of Stoppage time!

43 minute: Japan have lost their way after the goal, they are giving away free-kicks to Colombia. Never a dull moment in this match, at least in the first-half. 

Interestingly Colombia have never won a World cup match after conceding the opening goal. 

Colombia 1-1 Japan!

38 minute: GOAL!!! Juan Quintero scores, Colombia equalise, the ball had clearly crossed the line. Colombia 1-1 Japan. 

37 minute: Free-kick to Colombia. Radamel Falcao draws a foul, Colombia have a chance to equalise. 

34 minute: That was close! Radamel Falcao barely makes contact to a lofted shot, as he directs the ball directly into the hands of the goalkeeper. 

32 minute: Corner for Japan! Japan are operating really well and hold the possession. 

31 minute: Substitution for Colombia. Barrios replaces Juan Cuadrado. 

27 minute: Free-kick to Japan. Japan look organised and composed. Can they score another before half-time? 

25 minute: Corner for Colombia. That was close. Japan seemed to have 'parked a bus' in their penalty box, forcing Colombians to shoot from long-range. 

23 minute:  Corner for Japan. Juan Quintero needs to take charge of the Colombian defence after Carlos was sent-off. 

19 minute: The Colombians are up and attacking the Japenese half but fail to find in-roads up-front, Japan defend well. 

15 minute: Japan need to survive the physically strong Colombian players. Japan lost to Colombia 4-1 in the group stages of the  2014 World Cup in Brazil. 

13 minute: Another free-kick to Colombia. Japan on the counter. Takashi Inui hits the ball wide, that could have been Japan's second goal. 

11 minute: Free-kick to Colombia. That was close! Radamel Falcao nearly got the Equaliser, but the Japanese goalkeeper was right behind it. 

That was the second quickest Red card ever given, the quickest red card was in 1986 when Uruguay's Jose Batista was sent off after 56 seconds in FIFA World Cup 1986 for fouling Scotland's Gordon Strachan

6 minute: GOAL!! Shinji Kagawa gives Japan a dream start with his 31st International goal. Japan 1-0 Columbia. 

3 minute: PENALTY!! RED CARD!! Carlos Sanchez gets the first red card of the tournament for a handball inside the penalty box. Sanchez takes the walk, massive blow for Colombia, as they are one man down. 

1 minute: Early free-kick to Colombia. All eyes on Radamel Falcao, who missed out on the previous edition with an ACL tear. 



Japan XI: Eiji Kawashima; Yuto Nagatomo, Gen Shoji, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai; Gaku Shibasaki, Makoto Hasebe; Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Genki Haraguchi; Yuya Osako

Colombia XI: David Ospina; Johan Mojica, Davinson Sanchez, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias; Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma; Jose Izquierdo, Juan Quintero, Juan Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao.


Colombia have tougher outings against Poland and Senegal after the Japan game and the Andean nation will look to repeat their group stage 4-1 2014 World Cup triumph over the Blue Samurais. Colombia were at their best in Brazil four years ago, reaching the quarter-finals, their best result ever. Since then, they have endured a downturn though, surviving a wretched World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia. 


Goalkeepers - Jose Cuadrado, David Ospina, Camilo Vargas. 

Defenders - Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Oscar Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Zapata, Farid Diaz. 

Midfielders - Abel Aguilar, Wilmar Barrios, Juan Cuadrado, Jefferson Lerma, Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez, Carlos Sanchez, Mateus Uribe. 

Forwards - Carlos Bacca, Miguel Borja, Radamel Falcao, Jose Izquierdo, Luis Muriel


Goalkeepers - Elji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura. 

Defenders - Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda. 

Midfielders - Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima. 
Forwards - Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto