Japan win after horror start for 10-man Colombia
Japan have beaten Colombia in their World Cup Group H opener in Saransk after Colombia played nearly the full match with 10 men.
Carlos Sanchez conceded a penalty and was sent off within the first three minutes for handling Shinji Kagawa’s shot at goal and the former Manchester United man stepped up to put Japan ahead.
Takashi Inui and Yuya Osako both wasted chances to double Japan’s lead before Colombia grew into the match.
Colombia were level before half time when Juan Quintero’s free-kick went over the jumping wall and beat Eiji Kawashima into the bottom right corner.
Japan’s man advantage proved crucial in the end with Osako heading in the winner in the 73rd minute.
James Rodriguez came off the bench and nearly grabbed a late equaliser but his shot was deflected over by Osako.