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

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

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

Japan led after only five minutes, Kagawa converting a penalty awarded for Carlos Sanchez's handball in the area. Shinji Kagawa converted from the spot to earn Samurai Boys a lead.

Osako nodded Keisuke Honda's corner home in the 73rd minute at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Colombia had to play all but the opening minutes with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received a red card for blocking Kagawa's shot on goal with his extended right arm.

Juan Fernando Quintero's first-half free-kick has placed the playmaker as the first Colombian to score in two World Cups.

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

Ten-man Colombia and Japan were level at 1-1 at halftime in their World Cup Group H match on Tuesday.

It promises to be an interesting match as Colombia opening up their World Cup campaign with a matchup against Japan.

Osako made a significant contribution at the other end minutes later, sliding in at the last minute to block a shot from James Rodriguez, who had been played free in the box by a wonderful back heel by Wilmar Barrios.

Referee Damir Skomina didn't hesitate in brandishing the first red card of this World Cup - the second fastest in the tournament's history - and Kagawa showed composure to handle the long delay and send the Arsenal goalkeeper the wrong way.

Yuya Osako headed in the victor after Juan Quintero's 39th minute free-kick had cancelled out Shinji Kagawa's third minute openee from the spot.

Nonetheless, from the resultant corner, Japan finally found the breakthrough as Honda's risky delivery found Osako, who showed the greatest hunger in a sea of opposition defenders to send a deft header past Ospina and win it for his team.

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. The worst outcome ensued: a handball, a red card and a penalty-kick goal. We may not be seeing much of James Rodriquez, who won the Golden Boot as the World Cup 2014's top scorer.

Osako's 73rd-minute victor means the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk. This scoreline was particularly unexpected in light of the fact that Japan had changed coaches shortly before the tournament, and because no Asian team had ever previously defeated a South American side in 17 World Cup meetings.

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