Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Columbia take on Japan,as Egypt lock horns with Russian Federation

Columbia take on Japan,as Egypt lock horns with Russian Federation

The World Cup opener offers an opportunity to the Asian side to take revenge against Colombia as Japan look to finally erase the bad memories of the 2014 edition in Brazil.

Star player James Rodriguez was brought on for Colombia in the second half after not being deemed fit to start from the outset, and it seemed that his side may benefit despite the numerical disadvantage.

In the 73rd minute, Yuya Osako netted the victor against Colombia by a header to give Japan their first win of the 2018 world cup. "We have the same chances of progressing in the World Cup".

A Thiago Cionek own-goal gave the Lions a first-half lead, which was doubled when M'Baye Niang spun a miscalculated backpass from Gregorz Krychowiak to score. "Today we finally accompany our team COLOMBIA!"

Princess Hisako of Takamada appeared Tuesday at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, where Japan beat Colombia 2-1, and waved to spectators.

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And Japan's effort did end in result as they managed to double their score in the 73rd minute when midfielder Keisuke Honda delivered a sumptuous cross from the corner and Yuyu Osako put the header inside the goalpost to make it 2-1 agaisnt Colombia.

Stay tuned for more action as the upcoming group games promise a treat for fans, such as when Argentina plays Croatia on Thursday, June 21, Germany faces Sweden on Saturday, June 23, and England plays Belgium the following Thursday, June 28.

Russian Federation had won their opening game 5-0 over Saudi Arabia but there were always questions marks over the quality of their opposition.

Akira Nishino was only appointed as Japan coach in April, replacing Vahid Halilhodzic during a tumultuous build-up to their World Cup campaign.

World Cup games are known for starting on time, but not this one.

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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