Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Japan seals historic win over 10-man Colombia

Japan seals historic win over 10-man Colombia

After all, Senegal secured an unlikely 2-1 victory over Poland shortly after Japan toppled Colombia by the same score in two separate Group H matches on Tuesday.

It gives Senegal a great chance of progressing from Group H as underdogs, with Japan also winning against group favourites Colombia. Russia, the tournament's host nation, inched closer to advancing to the make-or-break knockout round, by beating Egypt 3 to 1. America's Steve Christakos reports.

The South Americans thrashed the same opponent 4-1 in the group stage in the 2014 edition in Brazil, so Tuesday's defeat was even more upsetting for Colombia.

The complexion of the game in Saransk was changed radically when Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of Russian Federation 2018 for handball in the opening minutes of the contest.

Senegal did not just become the first African country to win their first match in the world cup, but they showed the world that they came hard for the cup and they brought their ethics alongside with them.

"Right now our pain is precisely because after that huge effort after scoring that goal... we lost because we were worn down, we were exhausted and even if I tried subbing on a couple of fresh players it was very hard for us to recover possession and Japan had its opportunities", Pekerman said.

The score was opened in the first half of the match by Senegal's Thiago Cionek (37th minute).

Juan Quintero restored parity for Colombia in the 39th minute, with Yuya Osako making it 2-1 for Japan in the 73rd minute.

Yuya Osako secured the vital three points for Akira Nishino's side after scoring a victor in the 73rd minute.

Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have handled the ball and was subsequently red carded after just two minutes and 56 seconds - the second quickest sending off in World Cup history - and former Manchester United midfielder Kagawa capitalized from the spot.

Colombian radio station Blu Radio have now confirmed that the judicial arm of the Colombian police (Dijin) have assigned a special cyber-crime team to investigate the matter.

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