Red card in 2 minutes, 56 seconds for naughty Sanchez

Mae Harvey
June 20, 2018

But it was all in vain when Japan's Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for the 73rd-minute victor.

A lengthy protest followed before Kagawa finally converted from the spot in the sixth minute.

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.

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. But Rodriguez had been labouring with a sore left calf recently, casting doubt over his readiness to play.

Japan took a 1-0 lead after Kagawa scored on the resulting penalty kick.

Japan have held on to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over highly fancied Colombia in a gritty contest at Mordovia Arena.

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.

Juan Quintero's clever free-kick pulled Colombia level before the break but Osako rose above Santiago Arias to head in off the right post to settle the matter. Get live score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 match between Colombia and Japan here.

Having picked up just one point in their previous World Cup appearance four years ago, Japan entered Tuesday's game looking to give a better account of themselves. The only nations that have played more games in the competition without recording a nil-nil are United States of America (33) and Austria (29). And no Asian team had ever defeated a South American team in 17 World Cup meetings.

The Colombians were dealt a major blow before kick-off with the news that star playmaker James Rodriguez was not fit to start with coach Jose Pekerman calling on River Plate's Juan Fernando Quintero to replace him.

And that miss became all the more costly when just six minutes before half time Quintero squeezed his free kick under an airborne Japanese wall and into the bottom corner.

The first red card of the tournament has been awarded against Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez for handling a goal-bound shot in the area in the third minute against Japan.

Japan profited from Colombia's nightmare start to the World Cup as they secured a victory against 10 men in their Group H opener in Saransk, despite James Rodriguez's late introduction.

Colombia is in now serious danger of failing to advance out of group play with games against Senegal and Poland.

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