World Cup: Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in Group H opener

Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in the opening match in World Cup Group H on Tuesday, taking advantage of an early red card for midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

Japan’s Genki Haraguchi celebrates the 2-1 win during the group H match against Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia shows a red card to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez, making him the first player to get red card in Russia 2018 World Cup.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez, right, replaces Juan Quintero during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Shinji Kagawa gave Japan the lead from the penalty spot after Sanchez handled the ball. Juan Quintero brought Colombia level as half-time approached but Yuya Osako grabbed the winner in the second period.

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AFP

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