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COL vs JAP Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
Colombia
1 - 2
FT
Japan
J. Quintero 39'
6' S. Kagawa (P)
73' Y. Ōsako
PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! FULLTIME! COLOMBIA 1 - 2 JAPAN!

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.  

Toodle-ooo!
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.
74' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! OSAKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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. 
90'+3'
E. Kawashima
J. Rodríguez
86'
85'
S. Okazaki
Y. Ōsako
80'
H. Yamaguchi
G. Shibasaki
73'
Y. Ōsako
assist: K. Honda
70'
K. Honda
S. Kagawa
C. Bacca
J. Izquierdo
70'
W. Barrios
64'
J. Rodríguez
J. Quintero
59'
J. Quintero
39'
W. Barrios
Juan Cuadrado
31'
6'
S. Kagawa, Penalty
C. Sánchez
3'
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
1
D. Ospina
17
J. Mojica
3
O. Murillo
23
D. Sánchez
4
S. Arias
6
C. Sánchez
16
J. Lerma
21
J. Izquierdo
20
J. Quintero
11
Juan Cuadrado
9
R. Falcao
1
E. Kawashima
5
Y. Nagatomo
3
G. Shōji
22
M. Yoshida
19
H. Sakai
17
M. Hasebe
7
G. Shibasaki
14
T. Inui
10
S. Kagawa
8
G. Haraguchi
15
Y. Ōsako
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
Colombia Subs
8
A. Aguilar
7
C. Bacca
5
W. Barrios
19
M. Borja
22
José Cuadrado
18
F. Díaz
13
Y. Mina
14
L. Muriel
10
J. Rodríguez
15
M. Uribe
12
C. Vargas
2
C. Zapata
Japan Subs
6
W. Endo
12
M. Higashiguchi
4
K. Honda
20
T. Makino
13
Y. Muto
23
K. Nakamura
9
S. Okazaki
18
R. Oshima
21
G. Sakai
2
N. Ueda
11
T. Usami
16
H. Yamaguchi
39% POSSESSION 61%
8 SHOTS 14
3 SHOTS ON GOAL 5
15 FOULS 9
3 CORNERS 6
2 OFFSIDES 1
2 YELLOW CARDS 1
1 RED CARDS 0
3 SAVES 2
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Russia 1 1 0 0 5 3
2 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Egypt 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 -5 0
Group B
1 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Portugal 1 0 1 0 0 1
3 Spain 1 0 1 0 0 1
4 Morocco 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Group C
1 France 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Denmark 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Australia 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Peru 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Group D
1 Croatia 1 1 0 0 2 3
2 Iceland 1 0 1 0 0 1
3 Argentina 1 0 1 0 0 1
4 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 -2 0
Group E
1 Serbia 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Brazil 1 0 1 0 0 1
3 Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0 1
4 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Group F
1 Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Mexico 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Korea Republic 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Germany 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Group G
1 Belgium 1 1 0 0 3 3
2 England 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Panama 1 0 0 1 -3 0
Group H
1 Japan 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Senegal 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Poland 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Colombia 1 0 0 1 -1 0
MATCH DETAILS
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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