JFA vindicated after Japan's opening win

JFA vindicated after Japan's opening win

JFA vindicated after Japan's opening win

The top scorer of the 2014 World Cup is not guaranteed to play in Colombia's opening match against Japan.

Much of the second-half was a one-way traffic, with Japan making all the noise while Colombia were yet to come up with a real attacking move.

Senegal, the only African team to win its opening game at the World Cup has already started training for its next match, as they pursue another brilliant run at the tournament they last featured in 2002.

Tourists take photos at the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

After the Blue Samurai's achievement of being the first Asian team to beat a South American side in a World Cup match on June 19, fans celebrated by... staying back at the Saransk stadium in Russian Federation and tidying up after themselves. "Today we finally accompany our team COLOMBIA!"

Adding to that, in the 2015 Asian Cup, he had a goal and an assist in four matches for Japan.

Juan Quintero's clever low free kick in the 39th minute gave Colombia the equaliser but Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for Japan's 73rd-minute victor. "We are not too euphoric because we know it will be hard match against Japan".

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Poland got one back from a headed corner but were unable to stem the sands of time and became the second of the group's favourites to go through - the other being Colombia - to emerge pointless after their first match.

In the previous three meetings between the two sides, Japan has failed to defeat Colombia as the former side lost twice while they settled with the share of the spoils in the remaining game.

Be that as it may, Sanchez's red is fascinatingly one of the longest a World Cup tournament has gone without one in a single campaign.

MOSCOW - It was a day of upsets in an underdog-friendly World Cup.

"Both teams need to win ... our team is very competitive and the match has to be played as if it were a final".

Juan Quintero's clever free-kick drew the South American side level, however, when he fired low under the jumping wall before half-time.

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