Yuya Osako header gives Japan victory over Colombia after Sanchez sees red

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Yuya Osako header gives Japan victory over Colombia after Sanchez sees red

Takashi Inui missed a good chance to double Japan's advantage after 18 minutes when he curled an effort narrowly past the far post after good build-up work by Kagawa.

Colombia's national soccer team on Tuesday fell to a 2-1 defeat against Japan in its first group stage game of the World Cup in Russian Federation after being reduced to 10-men within three minutes.

Japan took a shock lead when Shinji Kagawa netted the resulting penalty before Juan Quintero equalised with a free-kick for Colombia to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Kagawa went close in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a unsafe position in the box.

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina flashed a straight red card for Carlos Sanchez after he blocked a Shinji Kagawa's shot with his arms.

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At 35-years-old, the Metz shot-stopper had little to do in the match as Colombia only threatened his goal on three occasions, though it could be argued that Quintero's free-kick should have been kept out. Falcao captain's Colombia in his first World Cup appearance.

Four-times Asian champions Japan lost 4-1 to Colombia in the 2014 World Cup in their last meeting.

However, do not expect that stat to last too long as James Rodriguez picked up the Golden Boot four years ago, as well as clinching the goal of the tournament, and he even scored in every match Colombia played.

Sanchez's sending off is also the second-fastest in World Cup history, after Uruguay's Jose Batista, who was sent off within a minute of his side's clash with Scotland in 1986.

For Colombia, a team who reached the quarter-finals in 2014, this was a miserable defeat that leaves them with two very important games against Poland and Senegal to come. The worst outcome ensued: a handball, a red card and a penalty-kick goal.

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The former Ajax youngster is one of the best young centre-backs in Europe, but his mistake led to Japan's opening goal.

Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Group H on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup.

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After having a man sent off and falling behind from the spot early on, Colombia regained their balance thanks to some midfield switches, probing down the flanks and ultimately pulling level.

Despite playing with a man down, Colombia did not let their heads drop as they strived to get back into the game after the setback.

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To a deafening roar from Colombia fans, James came on for Quintero with just over 30 minutes remaining, before Barrios earned a yellow card for clattering Kagawa from behind.

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