Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

Heather Diaz
June 24, 2018

Colombia started without Rodriguez, the leading scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It was the ideal start to their campaign, making Japan the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup.

Three minutes into the match, Colombia's Carlos Sanchez blocked the ball heading for an open goal with his outstretched arm and got a straight red card.

Apart from winning their respective opening games of World Cup 2018, Japan and Senegal have also won the hearts of millions after their fans cleaned up the stands before leaving the stadium. Senegal's victory made them the only African team to win in the first round of matches. The win was a surprise also because Japan changed coaches shortly before the tournament, and because Asian teams had failed to beat South American opposition in 17 previous World Cup meetings.

Samara (Russia)- Australia held Denmark 1-1 in a Group C game here on Thursday to keep alive their chances of making it to the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.

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Russian Federation can virtually guarantee a spot in the knockout rounds if they beat Egypt, a scenario that seemed unlikely given the negativity surrounding them after a seven-game winless run in the build-up to the tournament. Colombia's Juan Quintero equalized the score in the 39th minute while Japanese forward Yuya Osako secured Japan's 2-1 win in the 73rd minute.

"The Argentinian national team is world-renowned, so, naturally, we could not forget about such an important event as the birthday of its captain", said Sports Minister of the Moscow Region Roman Teryushkov. "We managed to overcome this in the first half and tie the score". Every player played to their best, especially in the second half.

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. Senegal is the better team and Japan was helped drastically in its opening victory, but what's done is done and we often see teams get conservative when they're already sitting pretty in the group.

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

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