10 man Colombia fall to Japan in group H opener in Russia

Japan were relentless in the second half, dominating much of the game. (Reuters)

Japan were victorious in their opening game against Colombia beating them 2-1.

The first goal came after just 6 minutes with Japan being awarded a penalty due to a reckless tackle from Carlos Sanchez.

Sanchez also received a red card for his troubles, which is the third fastest red card in a World Cup tie.

Dortmund forward Shinji Kagawa took the spot kick and converted, giving the Japanese an early lead in the Morodovia-Arena.

Colombia’s Quintero equalized with five minutes left for half time. He cleverly fizzed the ball underneath the wall which was met by the Japanese goalkeeper, but it ended up crossing the line according to goal line technology.

Japan were relentless in the second half, dominating much of the game which eventually paid dividends. Striker Yuya Osako was able to latch onto a beautiful corner kick taken by star player Keisuke Honda.

The ball hit the inside of the post before nestling in the goal net and gave the Japanese their second lead of the night.

Colombia amped up the ante with their attack but it proved to be too little to late as the Japanese were able to see the game through to earn the three points.

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