Juan Quinteros free-kick had sucked Colombia level after Carlos Snchezs early red poster and Shinji Kagawas penalty but Yuya Osako fastened a 2-1 prevail for Japan
It is difficult to imagine a crew making a more calamitous start to a World Cup than Colombia did and regrettably for Jose Pekerman and his players there was another blow to come on top of being a goal and a husband down inside a tumultuous first six minutes.
Yuya Osako gave it with an insistent second-half header to give Japan a victory that leaves Colombia, “whos” quarter-finalists in Brazil four years ago, with much to do if they are to progress from a ticklish group.
The tone of a glorious afternoon in Saransk was defined during that remarkable opening span. There were two minutes and 56 seconds on the clock when Carlos Sanchez was depict a straight blood-red poster for a deliberate handball inside the penalty neighbourhood. It was the second-fastest transporting off in World Cup history- Jose Alberto Batista’s dismissal for Uruguay against Scotland in 1986 after 54 seconds will take some lash- and Shinji Kagawa was not going to pass up the have opportunities to set Japan onward from the spot.
Down to 10 men as well as without James Rodriguez, who was not fit enough to start, Colombia looked like a crew in situations of surprise and, even if they are demo abundance of attribute and no little class to haul themselves back into the game, kindnes of Juan Quintero’s clever free-kick shortly before the interlude, the numerical advantage started to tell in the second half and it was no real surprise when Japan retrieved the precede through Osako.
Colombia tried to respond again in the closing stages, when Rodriguez had a left-foot shot impeded, but playing the best part of an hour and a half with 10 guys took a draining toll.
” Normally you prepare a parallel to play-act 11 v 11, so to lose one participate in the first three minutes, such a vital player, that’s not an easy thing ,” Pekerman said.” We lost because we were worn down and tired .”
Japan were euphoric as they luxuriated in the magnificence of an sudden triumph- they are among the lowest-ranked teams at the tournament- and their first World Cup victory since 2010. It was a particularly satisfying afternoon for Akira Nishino, who took over as the manager only two months ago following the decision to sack Vahid Halilhodzic.
Japan impressed at times, in particular during the period leading up to Osako’s winner, hitherto there was no going away from the fact that Sanchez’s red card was the defining moment and had a huge impact on the outcome.
Davinson Sanchez, who experienced a difficult match, has to take his share of the blame for the chain of events that uncovered. The Tottenham defender got in a awful labyrinth dealing with a routine ball over the top that culminated in Osako scampering clear.
David Ospina, which was intended to make a couple of good saves during the second half, stymie Osako’s effort with his legs but the Colombia goalkeeper had only just managed to get to his feet when the loose projectile fell to Kagawa.