Match 15: Japan 2-1 Colombia

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This World Cup has the been all about the minnows rather than the footballing giants as another giant was slayed today in the form of Colombia.

Japan started their World Cup 2018 journey against Colombia came out trumps with the scoreline reading 2-1 . This became the first match in World Cup history in which an Asian team beat a South American team.

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The match saw this tournament’s first direct Red Card given to Colombian C. Sanchez and Japan taking a lead through a comfortably taken penalty kick by Shinji Kagawa. Colombia’s defense is normally good but in this match it came out a cropper. But taking away no credits from Japan, they played the game of their life and pulled out every trick in the book to keep the Colombians subdued the whole 90 minutes. Nonetheless, the second quickest red card in World Cup history at the third minute and the introduction of Colombian star forward, James Rodriguez so late into the game did not help their cause.

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Quitero’s strike at the 39th minutes gave the Colombians some respite before the end of the first half but a brilliantly header goal by Osako sealed the deal for the Japanese.

Last 10 minutes of the normal time, Japan kept most of the possession and so much so that the possession count for the whole match tilted in favour of the Japanese. Colombia upped the tempo in the additional five minutes of the injury time but the Japanese laid their bodies in front of them as hurdles against the pacy attack of the Colombians.

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