MATCH CENTRE

TUE 19 JUNE 2018, 14:00, MORDOVIA ARENA

1
VS
2(1)

Japan off to a bright start in Group H after beating ten-man Colombia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tue June 19, 16:17

Japan defeated Colombia 2-1 in their opening Group H match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday afternoon at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Japan had a wonderful opportunity to take the lead in the third minute, but Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez handled the ball in the box and consequently he was red carded in an attempt to block a shot at goal.

The referee also pointed to the spot and Shinji Kagawa raised his hand to convert, beating David Ospina in the sixth minute, 1-0.

Colombia tried to mount a comeback which sawRadamel Falcao fouled on the edge of the area in the 38th minute which allowed Juan Quintero to score from a clever low free kick under the Japanese wall, 1-1.

Both sides were deadlocked at the interval.

Fresh from the break, the Samurai Blue came back and improved their attack as Ospina was called to produce two crucial saves in the opening minutes of the stanza.

Yuya Osako would regain the lead for Japan in the 73rd minute following a corner kick which the Los Cafeteros failed to deal with – Osako was unmarked and headed home at the far post making it 2-1.

The Japanese stood firm at the back despite a number of attacks as they bagged their first win in the group.

Colombia: (1) 1 (Quintero 39’)
Japan: (1) 2 (Kagawa 6’, Osako 73’)

Colombia: Ospina, O. Murillo, Arias, C. Sanchez, Falcao, Cuadrado (Barrios 31’), J. Lerma, J. Mojica, J. Quintero (Rodriguez 59’), Izquierdo (Bacca 70’), D. Sanchez

Japan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki (Yamaguchi 79’), Haraguchi, Kagawa (Honda 69’), Inui, Osako (Okazaki 85’), Hasebe, Sakai, Yoshida

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE MORDOVIA ARENA
COLOMBIA GOALS JAPAN GOALS
20. Juan Fernando Quintero (39') 10. Shinji Kagawa (6')
15. Yuya Osako (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1 1
COLOMBIA STARTING LINEUP JAPAN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
90'
1
23
Defender
3
Defender
17
Defender
19
Defender
3
Defender
22
Defender
4
Defender
5
Midfielder
3'
6
Midfielder
79'
7
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
70'
21
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
31'
11
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
39'
59'
20
Forward/Striker
6'
69'
10
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
73'
85'
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
Wilmar Barrios
Midfielder
31'
5
Keisuke Honda
Forward/Striker
69'
4
James Rodriguez
Midfielder
59'
10
Hotaru Yamaguchi
Midfielder
79'
16
Carlos Bacca
Forward/Striker
70'
7
Shinji Okazaki
Forward/Striker
85'
9
CARDS
Carlos Sanchez
Midfielder
3'
6
Eiji Kawashima
Goalkeeper
90'
1
Wilmar Barrios
Midfielder
64'
5
James Rodriguez
Midfielder
85'
10
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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