Japan tops Colombia 2-1 in latest World Cup surprise

Radamel Falcao Colombia

"We are not too euphoric because we know it will be hard match against Japan". Japan beat Colombia 2-1 during the Group H match.

When Osako fired in a shot from Japan's first attack, Sanchez blocked the effort with a raised arm and referee Damir Skomina showed him a straight red card after pointing to the spot without referring to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Jason Pine provides all you need to know about this morning's World Cup games.

Japan's supporters hold fans prior to the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

"We want to do as well or better, but we have to focus on each match", Pekerman said.

Senegal's first goal in the 37th minute came as a gift to a side that carried a whole continent on its shoulders.

Egypt soccer fans react after Russian Federation scored during the World Cup match between Russian Federation and Egypt, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The extra Japanese player ultimately proved crucial as the Blue Samurai went on to record a shock 2-1 win against the group favourites.

Colombia, which played with 10 men for the rest of the match, scored late in the first half on Juan Quintero's rolling but accurate free kick, which sneaked inside the right post.

- Colombia's Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for almost its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates backed him after the 2-1 loss.

"This is my favorite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs. Colombia".

The World Cup schedule for Wednesday has three matches.

His sending-off in the third minute, for a deliberate handball, was the second fastest in World Cup history after Uruguay's Jose Batista was dismissed after 55 seconds against Scotland in 1986.

Japan became the first-ever team from Asia to defeat a Southern American squad in a World Cup game, after three draws and 14 defeats.

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