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FIFA World Cup 2018: FPJ's dream XI predictions for Colombia vs Japan
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19 June, 2018

The referee had no hesitation in showing a straight red to the Colombia midfielder and, from the resultant penalty, Kagawa kept his goal in stroking a shot straight down the middle.

The former Aston Villa midfielder was dismissed after just four minutes in the Group H opener for deliberate handball and Shinji Kagawa made no mistake with the resulting penalty.

After the break, Japan pressed a exhausted Colombia side and Yuya Osako grabbed the victor with a glancing header in the 73rd minute.

The moment which settled the match came on three minutes, when an error from Davinson Sanchez allowed Yuga Osako in on goal.

This was the first time Japan had won a World Cup game on European soil, and the first time they had beaten a side from South America at the tournament.

A cool-headed Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring for The Blue Samurai by effortlessly converting the penalty. Colombia is one of the strong teams when it comes to Federation Internationale de Football Association and there are a lot of expectation from Rodriguez and team.

After a frantic first half, the game slowed in the second but Osako burst into the Colombia box and drew a save from David Ospina with a tricky close-range shot that the Arsenal goalkeeper parried away.

Ten-man Colombia and Japan were level at 1-1 at halftime in their World Cup Group H match on Tuesday.

The red card was the fastest shown at a World Cup game since Jose Alberto Batista was sent off just 54 seconds for Uruguay against Scotland in 1986.

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The stat 1 - Quintero became the first Colombia player in history to score at two World Cups.

Colombia may well have had 10 men, but take nothing away from Japan who were ruthless on the day.

With 20 minutes to go, Japan took off Kagawa and brought on Keisuke Honda, with Bacca coming on for Colombia in place of Jose Izquierdo.

Minutes earlier, the kick-off was delayed after the teams had to switch directions.

It is the sixth time Colombia have reached the World Cup having recorded their best finish in 2014 when they reached the quarter-finals.

Juan Fernando Quintero will start for James, who is technically available from the bench, against Japan.

Monaco's veteran striker Radamel Falcao captains the side with Sevilla forward Luis Muriel a surprise omission from the starting team.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder slotted in calmly, beating Ospina to the left to put Japan ahead inside six minutes. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.


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