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    Colombia vs Japan

    2018 FIFA World Cup, Group H

    Mordovia Arena, Saransk
    Colombia Japan
    1 SCORE 2
    8 Shots 14
    3 Corners 6
    2 Yellow Cards 1
    1 Red Cards 0

    Match result:

    Group H has opened with a match that was replete with everything you could hope for from a football match: cards, goals, controversy, and history, all culminating with the final result of Japan winning 2-1, signifying the first Asian win in a World Cup against South American opponents.

    Colombia were down to ten men within 5 minutes, as an early Japanese raid saw a shot blocked by a hand ball in the penalty area. Carlos Sanchez given his marching orders as the first recipient of a red card at this world cup, in the second earliest red card in world cup history.

    Colombia struck back late in the first half through a Juan Fernando Quintero free kick, his goal being the fourth goal scored in this tournament directly from free kicks. In Brazil, three goals from free kicks were scored for the whole tournament.

    Japan would eventually take the lead through Yuyu Osaka, putting a header home from a well weighted corner kick, and that lead would prove unassailable.

    A thrilling encounter, if somewhat slower in the second half, but Japan finish with a win that their performance entirely deserved. Colombia will have to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and play to their maximum in the next two games, with little further room for error.

    Final score
    Colombia 1
    Japan 2

    Match preview:

    And so we come to the last group of the World Cup, Group H, and the first matchup is between South American nation Colombia, and the Blue Samurai Japan.

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    If every World Cup likes to dish up the occasional group of death, 2018’s Group H is the group of life, with every team not only eyeing off the knock out stages but setting their sights on top spot, providing all the more reason to start the tournament right.

    Long gone are the days of the South American flair of Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderrama for the great footballing nation of Colombia, but that is not to say they are hard up for star power. Filling that void is midfielder James Rodriguez and striker Radamal Falcao.

    Colombia managed direct qualification for Russia, but only just. Playing 18 games during qualification, they only managed the 21 goals, but the difference for them was the third best defence in the continent, with only 19 goals conceded.

    Colombia are in good form at the moment as well and will be looking to stamp their mark on this world cup early on.

    Japan will have other things on their mind.

    The Blue Samurai have always punched above their relative weight when it comes to football, and they have never shied away from a challenge.

    Much like Colombia, Japan have moved on from a generation of players that relied upon the likes of Shinji Ono, and for this tournament, a lot will rest on the shoulders of Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa.

    Japan had little trouble qualifying for Russia, qualifying top of their group, a group they shared with Saudi Arabia and Australia. Built on a tenacious defence, Japan will hope that their structure and energy will carry them over the line.

    Prediction
    I think Colombia will get the job done here. They have never lost to Japan in their three previous clashes, and off the back of a strong 2014 World Cup, Colombia will be looking at this tournament to right some of those wrongs when they were knocked out by Brazil.

    Expect Colombia’s goal scorers to fire, and fire often.

    Colombia 3-1 Japan

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    • Roar Guru

      12:08am
      Karlo Tychsen said | 12:08am | ! Report

      Full Time
      Group H has opened with a match that was replete with everything you could hope for from a football match: cards, goals, controversy, and history, all culminating with the final result of Japan winning 2-1, signifying the first Asian win in a world cup against a South American opponent.

      Colombia were down to ten men within 5 minutes, as an early Japanese raid saw a shot blocked by a hand ball in the penalty area. Carlos Sanchez given his marching orders as the first recipient of a red card at this world cup, in the second earliest red card in world cup history.

      However, the numerical disadvantage did not deter Colombia, as they made a swift tactical change, Juan Cuadrado making way for defensive stock in Wilmar Barrios. While that change was defensive, it gave Colombia the impetus to get back into the game.

      Colombia struck back late in the first half through a Juan Fernando Quintero free kick, his goal being the fourth goal scored in this tournament directly from free kicks. In Brazil, three goals from free kicks were scored for the whole tournament.

      The Quintero goal was tinged in controversy, having come from a foul on Radamal Falcao that, if anything, was drawn when Falcao made a meal of minor contact and, if anything, committed the foul on his opponent more than anything else.

      Japan used the half-time break greatly to their advantage, coming out in the second half in a much calmer and composed manner, to take a grip of the game that Colombia could not shake.

      Japan moved the ball perfectly at times, and mounted attack after attack. However, Colombia seemed more than up to the task, as they repelled each Japanese wave of attacking movement.

      Japan would eventually take the lead that their play deserved through Yuyu Osaka, putting a header home from a well weighted corner kick, and that lead would prove unassailable.

      Colombia brought James Rodriguez on with half an hour to go, the star player not starting due to a calf injury concern. James never really getting into the contest, instead picking up an unnecessary yellow card for his troubles.

      A thrilling encounter, if somewhat slower in the second half, but Japan finish with a win that their performance entirely deserved. Colombia will have to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and play to their maximum in the next two games, with little further room for error.

      And thus Japan’s win was the first by an Asian nation over a South American team at a world cup in 17 attempts at trying, the three group points the least that Japan deserved, in a commanding performance.

      They will not want to relax though, bearing in mind that they only faced ten men. For now though, Japan can enjoy the moment, for which they were richly rewarded, and have thoroughly deserved.

      Colombia have a lot of work to do, and will be surprised at their first up loss. However, they are right in this tournament, and will be mindful that they have the quality to dig themselves out of this early hole.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • 11:54pm
      AGO74 said | 11:54pm | ! Report

      Well done Japan. Very good 2nd half performance. Deserved winners.

      • 11:55pm
        MQ said | 11:55pm | ! Report

        Yep, certainly played the one man advantage very well, deserved winners, first Asian country to defeat a Sth American country at the WC

    • Roar Rookie

      11:54pm
      Mattician6x6 said | 11:54pm | ! Report

      Good onya Nippon, great victory.

    • Roar Guru

      11:53pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:53pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      It is a famous victory for Japan, with a win over Colombia in their opening world cup 2018 match.

      What a result!


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:52pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:52pm | ! Report

      95‘ – Colombia have used up their last chance I reckon.

      Took the early throw in, cross the ball in, and that goes out of play.

      Japan goal kick, and they take a big one.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:50pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:50pm | ! Report

      93‘ – Japan again maintain possession, Colombia rely on the rough stuff to get possession, and counter, but that backtracking defence by Japan – that energy and effort, that is what you need in a world cup!


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:49pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:49pm | ! Report

      92‘ – Colombia have been somewhat surprisingly tame this half, and utterly without answer to the Japanese.

      Still, they have done well being a man down for 85 minutes.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:48pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:48pm | ! Report

      91‘ – 5 minutes stoppage time.

      Yeah, those substitutions will do that I guess.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:47pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:47pm | ! Report

      90‘ – We are about to hit stoppage time, and Colombia cross into the area, and they exchange headers.

      Except they are offside.

      What a waste. Adjudged correctly as well.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:46pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:46pm | ! Report

      88‘ – Japan still playing this out perfectly.

      No real Colombian pressure to speak of, Japan all over this.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

    • Roar Guru

      11:43pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 11:43pm | ! Report

      Yellow Card
      86‘ – Rodriguez picks up a yellow.

      Cynical and unnecessary foul.


      Colombia: 1
      Japan: 2

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