Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Japan down 10-man Colombia

FIFA World Cup 2018: FPJ's dream XI predictions for Colombia vs Japan James Rodriguez injury: Why is Colombia star missing for Japan clash? | Daily Star
Isaac Mcdaniel | 19 June, 2018, 23:07

Yuya Osako of Japan (right) and Davinson Sanchez of Colombia in action during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia, today.

After the break, Japan pressed a exhausted Colombia side and Yuya Osako grabbed the victor with a glancing header in the 73rd minute.

So here are ten stats you might have missed from Japan against Colombia.

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.

Japan led after only five minutes, Kagawa converting a penalty awarded for Carlos Sanchez's handball in the area.

With just three minutes on the clock, Colombia were forced to play the majority of the match with ten men, and it cost them dearly.

Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday (Jun 19), beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to exact sweet revenge for a painful defeat at Brazil in 2014.

James, who had been unable to make any impact, went into the book for a lunge on Haraguchi as Colombia ended the afternoon frustrated.

It's impossible to forget Colombia forward James Rodriguez's fantastic run in the 2014 World Cup.

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The Trump-Kim peace summit has been downgraded to a half-day
The two leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as the summit and the recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula. Even hours before the unprecedented meeting, it was unclear if it would produce a breakthrough or collapse in acrimony.

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Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar. Kim Jong-un is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit, said on Sunday.

It is also the first time Colombia would lose to an Asian side at the World Cup.

More than 10,000 Colombian fans at the stadium jeered.

Colombia equalised six minutes before the interval when Juan Quintero's low free kick squeezed over the line. Over the last two World Cups, only three teams have advanced to the knockout stage after losing the opener, so relying on others with draws is a risky proposition.

Japan started the game on an exciting note, pressing heavily from the word go as they had a shot at goal inside the first couple of minutes.

River Plate's Juan Fernando Quintetro starts in his stead, with more pressure now on the likes of Falcao and Juan Cuadrado to put in some big performances.

However, do not expect that stat to last too long as James Rodriguez picked up the Golden Boot four years ago, as well as clinching the goal of the tournament, and he even scored in every match Colombia played.

At 32-years-old, the former AC Milan midfielder is still pulling the strings for his national side, as he delivered a breathtaking cross to set up Osaka for Japan's victor.

Japan then took control and deservedly sealed their first World Cup win in eight years - and just a fifth ever - three quarters of the way into the contest, with Yuya Osako heading home from a Keisuke Honda corner as the man advantage told.

Referee Damir Skomina pointed to the penalty spot and Kagawa beat David Ospina from 12 yards, but Sanchez's dismissal was not the earliest in World Cup history.

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