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COL vs JAP Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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J. Quintero 39'
6' S. Kagawa (P)
73' Y. Ōsako

Japan have created history with a masterful display of big-game management, They thoroughly deserved this after absolutely dominating the second half. Colombia came out strangely subdued in the second half, and that spelled doom for them. 

That's all from me, Anirudh Menon. Thanks for reading.  

94' James bullies Hasebe into giving a throw-in; but Bacca kills it dead with a rubbish, rubbish, ball that zooms into the row Z. THE SUMMARY OF THEIR HALF, THIS. 
93' James and Bacca combine for the former to try and release Arias - but Takashi Inui screams onto the ball and wins a foul. That, and precious seconds. 
92' Colombia finally get the ball - but after a bit of faffing about, Murillo loses it with an aimless hoof forward.
91' Honda wins a foul, and takes an age to take the freekick. Japan have full control of the ball at the moment. They are seeing this out, aren't they?
90' There shall be a minimum of FIVE minutes to be added on. 
89' OH! OFFSIDE! Arias lifts one in to James, who finds Falcao with a header - but El Tigre's strayed offside. 
88' A dead on his feet Falcao looks to feed in Bacca - but his ball has got as much life in it as his knees at the moment. At the other end, a lovely challenge from Lerna allows Mujica to maraud forward and the left back bullies Haraguchi off the ball and allow Colombia some possession inside the Japanese third. They have that with a throw-in
87' Japan are on the path to extracting revenge for their loss four years previously. They will become the first Asian team to beat a South American one at the World Cup. The First. What an amazing achievement that would be
86' A frustrated James gets into the book for smashing into Kawaguchi from the back. Japan are slowing the game down to a crawl. 
85' Osako - Japan's hero is taken off for their record goalscorer, Shinji Okazaki
84' Japan are holding their shape very well and apart from that one-minute spell of pressure, Colombia have done next to nothing with the ball at their feet. 
83' Kawashima thumps one forward in return; and this one almost catches Colombia napping again - but this time Sanchez turns on the afterburners to catch up with Osako and clear the ball off Inui for a Colombian throw-in. 
82' Sakai then tries to get the killer blow in with a whipped curler into the box; where Osako can't quite get enough behind it. Ospina belts it forward, where Bacca promptly loses it. 
80' Japan are quite happy now playing keep ball and asking the 9 outfielders of Colombia to run around chasing it. Save James and Bacca, the lot of them look dead on their feet -- they've certainly put in a helluva shift. 
79' Mujica sends in a lovely ball that Muriilo can only glance into the hands of a relieved Kawashima. Japan make their second sub as they look to protect their lead; Shibasaki off, Yamaguchi on.
78' AI JAMES AI JAMES AI JAMES! Lerna slips him in with a lovely, lovely backheel - James goes into the six yard box where his shot is blocked with a superb block from Osako of all the people!
77' Falcao and Bacca combine well to win a corner off a backtracking Honda. James takes - but Yoshida heads clear well 
76' Shibasaki spies green grass ahead of him and looks to burst forward into the box - but Lerna gets in a superb tackle to stop him in his tracks. 
75' Colombia need to step on the gas here. and James and Bacca look to do this by exchanging passes but Murillo kills it all by playing a crossfield aimed at Mujica into row Z
THEY MAKE COLOMBIA PAY FOR THEIR CAUTION! Honda swings in a delightful cross in, Osako leaps like a salmon and absolutely leathers a header into the far side of Ospina's goal. Smashing goal, this.
73' OH HARAGUCHI! Honda lifted it up to Osako, who held it up well before teeing up Haraguchi -- who's shot is just deflected out for a corner. 
72' I doubt Colombia would recognise the ball if they held it in their hands. It's been all Japan so far this half - and they almost make Colombia pay ... 
71' Keisuke Honda does what Keisuke Honda does and has a pop from well out - some thirty odd yards - unlike most of his efforts, though, this one's got no oomph to it, and Ospina catches comfortably
70' Bacca's first task is to try and chase a lost cause from a Barrios pass forward - Nagatomo does just about enough to keep the powerful Villarreal man at bay
69' Japan make their first change as they take of Shinji Kagawa for that wily old fox, Keisuke Honda. Pekerman meanwhile is going for it - he throws on Carlos Bacca in the place of Jose Izquierdo. 
68' Inui slips in Nagatomo with a delightfully deft touch -- the ball bounces off Ospina and Osako almost pounces before Sanchez muscles everyone away and thumps it clear
67' Inui drifts into the box and sends Barrios flying into space with a lovely shimmy of his hips - his shot, though, is straight at Sanchez's massive skull. The ball rebounds out, and Haraguchi does well to win a corner. Which Murillo heads clear, Shibasaki sends it in again but Mujica does well to mop things up
65' Davinson Sanchez looks to spring clear as an excellent Barrios tackle stops Kagawa in his tracks -- but the Spurs' man's ball is well cut out by Yoshida. Japan press forward in nnumbers
64' OUCH! Barrios smashes into Kagawa - who rolls around in a pretty little circle. That does the trick, Barrios gets a yellow. 
62' Japan are knocking it around with slow purpose - but Yoshida kills it all with a useless lump into the box. Colombia look to breka forward through Falcao and Izquierdo, but the Brighton winger's ball is a touched delayed and Sakai can thump it clear 
61' Haraguchi gets taken out by Arias as Japan look to break; they take the freekick quickly and Sakai catches everyone out by springing clear into the box; from where he lashes a shot across the face of Ospina's goal
60' James' first touch almost releases Arias into the box, but the fullback's control can't match the quality of his mate's pass and Japan move forward
59' OH YOSHIDA! That joy almost turned into despair right there! Shibasaki swung in a delicious freekick that Yoshida rose highest to thump a header just wide. 
58' Barrios goes steaming into Sakai and that' a freekick from which Shibasaki will look to create mischief. Pekerman takes the break to bring on James Rodriguez in place of the excellent Juan Quintero. The yellow half of the Modrovia Arena erupts in joy
57' OH! SAVE! OSPINA! Inui, in acres of space down the left, is played in by Kagawa. He takes a touch, drifts in, and tries to curl one into the bottom corner; saved well by Ospina
56' Colombia have started the second half like they've replaced their football team with their field hockey one -- they've been a shadow of their selves. Quintero looks to address this by stealing the ball in his own half and starting a slow passing move, but Falcao' touch desersts him and Japan spring forward on the counter
55' Falcao looks to jink his way into the final third, but Hasebe reads his intentions perfectly and stops his opposite captain in his tracks. This is all Japan now. 
54' BAD, BAD DEFENDING FROM SANCHEZ! Osako turns Sanchez with absurd ease - like he showed Sanchez a magic trick that made him look the other way, but without doing anything - but he can only shoot straight at Ospina. The corner is then collected brilliantly by Ospina to allow his team some breathing space. 
53' OH! Shoji lifts a useful ball into the middle where Osako's cushioned header is just out of reach of Shinji Kagawa's charge! Much better from Japan, this. 
52' Colombia break forward through some lovely hold up play from Falcao - but Izquierdo can't find his skipper with a through ball (Falcao had wanted it at his feet) and Japan can start building from the back again
51' Hasebe looks to find Inui's clever little run but Sanchez heads clear - Kagawa then attempts to do the trick with Osako's run; but this time Muriillo is in the way of the Samurai charge. 
50' Jaoan move forward silkily, Inui exchanging quick paseses with Kagawa - and he wins his side a corner. OOO! Shibasaki takes it, Yoshida takes a touch and attempts to turn and shoot - but is smothered by a sea of yellow. 
48' Japan have started this 45 much better than they ended the last and a lovely Haraguchi crossfield finds Inui in space down the left; he whips in an interesting looking ball but Murillo authoritatively heads it clear. It's all Japan, though, at the moment - that one man advantage finally showing. 
47' Bad through balls from Maya Yoshida, Johan Mujica, and the veteran Nagatomo sees possession being exchanged with far too much rapidity. Everybody needs to take a breath
46' Colombia pump it long, Falcao chests it down but Quintero's volleyed ball out to Izqueirdo has too much fizz to it. Japan move forward steadily but a loose Nagatomo pass sees the ball go out for a Colombian throw-in
Fun Fact for the day - Juan Quintero is the first Colombian player to score at 2 World Cups. He scored his previous Mundial goal also on 19 June (vs Cote d'Ivorie in 2014).


A cracker of a first half, this - Colombia have been excellent despite going down to 10 men. Kagawa's penalty was cool; Quintero's under-the-wall freekick even cooler. 

This is set up for a cracker of a second half. 
45' + 1' Nothing happens

45' Sakai attempts to relieve it by punting it in the agricultural manner straight up the field; which hands the ball back to Colombia. Just one minute of added time. Surprisingly
44' Colombian have pegged Japan back into their own third 
43' Japan are trying to take the sting out of the Colombian's momentum by stroking it around, but Sakai loses it with a loose ball out to Kagawa; Barrios intercepting. Colombia steam forward in numbers 
42' Japan, a touch nervy at the moment, are trying to calm themselves down by passing it around the park -- till Sakai's pass to Haraguchi asks too much of the winger and that's a goal kick.
WHAT A CHEEKY GOAL! Quintero does superbly to outfox the Japanese wall and curl a lovely shot UNDER the leaping Japanese; and although Kawashima got to it, he did so AFTER the ball had crossed the line. WHAT A GAME THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE!
38' Falcao goes down in the box and the ref asks him to get on his feet - he does so and does superbly to win a freekick off Hasebe. That's big game experience, right there. This one's just twenty odd yards out, right of centre, perfect for the left foot of Quintero
36' Yoshida steams into Falcao - that's got to hurt - and the Colombians have another freekick from which Quintero can deliver another whipped one - this time, though, it's not as good; and Shoji heads it clear. 
34' OH! OH! OH! Quintero lifts in a lovely, lovely ball into the box where Falcao's alive. He stretches to get a boot to it, but in doing so sacrifices the ability to get power - or direction - behind it. Once again, it's straight to Kawashima. 
33' Japan have the upper hand here, and a Nagatomo cross almost catches Ospina unawares - the Arsenal man recovers well to tip it over. Kagawa's corner is thumped clear powerfully by Falcao. 
31' OH! COLOMBIA! THEY ARE SHOOTING THEMSELVES HERE! Osako steals onto a horribly loose Arias pass to Sanchez; and steams into the box, before smashing a useless shot straight across the face of goal. 
30' Tactical change for Pekerman as Boca Junior's Barrios comes on for Juan Cuadrado. The Juve star can't quite believe it. 
29' Pekerman's seen that his team are getting overrun in midfield; and Barrios is stripped down and ready to come on. I pity the man who;s going to have to make way as the sacrifice.  
28' OUCH! Mujica slides into Haraguchi - but the Japanese leaps over it and ends up landing on the Colombian left-back's ankle. That's going to hurt, let me assure you. The ref, though, sees evil in Mujica's intent to slide so violently and gives Japan the freekick. 
27' Nagatomo looks to find Haraguchi at the far post, but Ospina remembers he isn't playing for Arsenal and comes out to collect confidently
26' A massive goalkick from Ospina allows Izquierdo to cushion a header out wide to Mojica - who's cross has to be dealt with by Shoji, with Cuadrado flying in behind him. Corner, Colombia. The Japanese backline hold steady and see off Quintero's delivery. Inui then wins a clever freekick at the halfway line to ease the pressure
25' Japan take it short, Shibasaki swings a curler in -- but Shoji is penalised for a push in the box and that's that. 
24' Haraguchi almost finds himself free on the counter, but Mujica turns on the afterburners to make sure it's just a corner. 
23' Boos ring out around the Mordovia Arena as Japan do the sensible thing and pass it around in the middle third of the field - trying to lure the 10-men Colombia out of shape. 
22' Japan finally have a spell of possession, Hasebe and Kagawa integral to it all; but the captain loses momentum with a loose pass out to Inui. No matter, Japan win it back soon enough
20' Colombia are overcomplicating things in the final third - Falcao attempting a one-two in the box an example of that - and that's allowing Japan to hold steady. 
19' Colombai press Japan deep into their own box, Quintero and Cuadrado playing a lovely one-two; but the Juve superstar is robbed by a lovely tackle from Shibasaki. Japan look to counter while Cuadrado complains, but Osako is shouldered off the ball with absurd ease by Davinson Sanchez. Like taking candy from a baby... though why anyone would ever do that defeats me. 
18' Quintero picks out Cuadrado with an absolute peach of a through ball - bisecting the Japanese defence as it travels 60 yards along the ground -- but Cuadrado loses it by over-playing his touchovers and allowing the veteran Nagatomo to shepherd him and the ball out for a goalkick
16' Colombia are playing their natural game here - Izquierdo races down the left and lifts it into the box where Yoshida does superbly to steer it away from a prowling Falcao.  
15' Japan clear this one rather easily. Routine header out for Shoji. Quintero;s robbed by Hasebe at the centre circle and Japan scream forward on the counter, Kagawa selling Lerna down the river with a lovely shimmy of his hips before he slips it to a hopelessly free Inui at the left corner of the box. Inui's hit, though, is horrible and Colombia breathe again
13' A couple of tasty challenges fly in, Haraguchi pulls back Izquierdo and that's another freekick for Quintero to pump into the box. 
12' OH, FALCAO! Quintero swings in a delightful ball that hones itself onto Falcao's fully-extended left boot - but El Tigre can only direct his shot straight at Kawashim from six yards out. Tough chance, but that should have been 1-1
11' Freekick for Colombia as Hasebe goes in hard on Cuadrado. Quintero stands over it.
10' OOO! Cuadrado dummies a Lerna pass all the way out to Arias - he tries to find the early ball to Falcao, but Yoshida holds his ground. 
9' A moment of madness from Carlos Sanchez - and that could cost Colombia so dearly even this early on. Facing 80+ minutes against Japan, 90 v Poland and 90 v Senegal without their main midfield anchor is going to be a helluva task. James Rodriguez might just be pressed into service earlier than he'd have expected
8' Colombia haven't give up the ghost just yet, though. Arias attempts a quick one-two with Cuadrado but the winger's late return sees Arias drift offside. 
7' Kagawa's almost slipped through by Haraguchi, but the Dortmund man's strayed offside. 
Shinji Kagawa lets Ospina dive to his right and smashes it absolutely dead central. Flies this close to Ospina's boots, but that's 1-0 Japan
4' That's the first red card of the World Cup, and Los Cafeteros have lost the man they call their rock! What a start. 
2' Japan are allowing Colombia the freedom of their own half, but the moment they cross the magic white line in the centre - they swarm around the ball, two or three blue shirts surrounding the man with the ball and that's been enough to see the Colombians off till now. 
1' Colombia pass the ball around a little after receiving it almost immediately from kickoff. Everyone's getting a touch of the 2018 ball - including David Ospina

Colombia in their beautifully retro yellow shirts and white shorts will be kicking from right to left as you'd see it on the telly. Japan in their magnificent blue and change shorts of black will be kicking off attempting to move the little round thing the other way. 
The flamboyant Colombian anthem and the beautiful, haunting, Japanese counterpart have rung out, hands have been shaken, photos have been taken. Radamel Falcao and Makoto Hasebe stand over a coin toss. Football is imminent. 
The players have marched onto an absolutely splendid atmosphere in the Mordovia Arena -- the two met four years ago in Brazil; the South Americans will recapture their magic while Japan will be desperate for revenge. 
James Rodriguez was Colombia's leading scorer in the qualifiers -- with 6 -- do not underestimate just how big a miss he's going to be today. 
Everyone at SK sends out our prayers and love to those affected by the devastation of the Osaka earthquake. Stay strong Nippon. 
NO JAMES! Pekerman's decided he's not fit enough to start - and he's gone for a pacy, pacy attacking midfield three of Quintero, Izquierdo, Cuadrado behind the man. 

For Japan, as we'd suspected, Shinji Okazaki is not fit enough to play whilst Keisuke Honda's abysmal form sees him losing out a starting place. 

Colombia XI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Jefferson Lerma, Carlos Sanchez; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Jose Izquierdo; Radamel Falcao

Japan XI (4-2-3-1): Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osaka
Colombia vs Japan - Kickoff time, Venue, TV Schedule, Live Streaming details

Kickoff time: 3:00 PM Local Time | 1 PM UK | 5:30 PM IST (that's 1730 for you, soldier)
Venue: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
TV Schedule: Ten 2, Ten 2 HD in India, ITV in the UK, SuperSport in Nigeria, Fox in the US
Live Stream: Sonyliv - but why disturb the folks when you can just follow it here!

Colombia vs Japan - Team News

Jose Pekerman has a major call to make. Four years ago, James Rodriguez arrived onto the world stage by starring in Los Cafeteros' demolition of Japan but he's nursing a muscle problem at the moment, and they'll wait till the last minute to make a call that could well go on  to define their World Cup. Play him, and Colombia's chances of winning increase exponentially, but so do the chances that a relatively minor injury could flare up and cost Colombia during the sterner tests ahead in this group of Death.

As if this alone wasn't enough to give him pause for though, left back Frank Fabra - a key component of Pekerman's gameplan - has had to return home after suffering a knee injury in the build-up to the tournament. This could hand young Johan Mojica his first competitive senior team appearance.

On the other side, Akiro Nishino is unlikely to risk his top scorer, Shinji Okazaki who's still just recovering from a calf problem, and this could mean one of Yuya Osako (of Werder Bremen) or Yoshinori Muto (of Mainz) could start in his stead. He'll also have to take a call on veteran Keisuke Honda, 32, who's in woeful form in front of goal -- the celebrated winger, once a trusted source of goals, hasn't scored in his last 21 games.

Luis Muriel, though, is not planning to underrate anyone:"I think Japan's main strength, like any Asian team, is the speed of their transition, they can go quickly from defence to attack and attack to defence. So we need to try to block that with fast plays when we can counter-attack and find space. And in defence, we should try to adjust quickly if we lose the ball or if they're attacking."   

Colombia vs Japan - Probable Lineups

Colombia Predicted XI (4-4-2):
David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Juan Cuadrado, Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sanchez, James Rodriguez; Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao

Japan Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo; Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osaka

Colombia vs Japan - Form Guide

(all competitions - most recent first)

Colombia: DDWDLD

The Colombians have been struggling in front of goal, despite the talent of their forward line - they scored only 21 goals in their qualification campaign. They'll need to address this pronto.

Most recent game: 02/06/18: Colombia 0 - 0 Egypt


The Blue Samurai have been going through a woeful run of form that got temporarily rescued by a 4-2 hammering of Paraguay, but they'll need to play much, much better to get out of this group.

Most recent game: 12/06/18: Japan 4 - 2 Paraguay

Colombia vs Japan - Head to Head

Games Played:
Colombia Wins: 2
Their last meeting was, of course, in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup a match which ended 4-1 in favour of a rampant Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, Jackson Martinez, and a James Rodriguez brace went answered only by a Shinji Okazaki goal)
Japan Wins: 0
Draws: That is but elementary [math], my dear Watson. Really, really, elementary

Colombia vs Japan - Prediction

A lot will depend on whether James Rodriguez plays, but if Los Cafeteros play to their strengths (feed ball early to Falcao, allow Cuadrado to run free down the flanks, give James freedom) this should be theirs to lose

Prediction? Colombia 2 -1 Japan
E. Kawashima
J. Rodríguez
S. Okazaki
Y. Ōsako
H. Yamaguchi
G. Shibasaki
Y. Ōsako
assist: K. Honda
K. Honda
S. Kagawa
C. Bacca
J. Izquierdo
W. Barrios
J. Rodríguez
J. Quintero
J. Quintero
W. Barrios
J. Cuadrado
S. Kagawa, Penalty
C. Sánchez
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
D. Ospina
J. Mojica
O. Murillo
D. Sánchez
S. Arias
C. Sánchez
J. Lerma
J. Izquierdo
J. Quintero
J. Cuadrado
R. Falcao
E. Kawashima
Y. Nagatomo
G. Shōji
M. Yoshida
H. Sakai
M. Hasebe
G. Shibasaki
T. Inui
S. Kagawa
G. Haraguchi
Y. Ōsako
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
Colombia Subs
A. Aguilar
C. Bacca
W. Barrios
M. Borja
J. Cuadrado
F. Díaz
Y. Mina
L. Muriel
J. Rodríguez
M. Uribe
C. Vargas
C. Zapata
Japan Subs
W. Endo
M. Higashiguchi
K. Honda
T. Makino
Y. Muto
K. Nakamura
S. Okazaki
R. Oshima
G. Sakai
N. Ueda
T. Usami
H. Yamaguchi
8 SHOTS 14
15 FOULS 9
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 1
Stadium Mordovia Arena
Match time Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 05:30 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 19:24 PM | Published: Jun 19, 2018 16:45 PM
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