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Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez gets 1st red of tournament

19 June, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Shinji Kagawa put Japan ahead

Japan, 45 places below their opponents in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, had to fend off one final attack from Los Cafeteros as James's shot from eight yards was superbly blocked behind by matchwinner Osako. He was duly dismissed and Kagawa easily despatched the penalty.

Japan's experienced Yuto Nagatomo recently admitted their mindset would not change if Colombia lined up without Rodriguez. But then, on 39 minutes, Radamel Falcao bought a free-kick and Juan Quintero bent a clever shot under the wall's jump for 1-1.

Colombia, billed as one of the most attractive sides in the tournament, were firm favourites going into the match.

But instead it was Japan who regained the lead, Osako finishing with a header from Keisuke Honda's corner.

Colombia huffed and puffed thereafter, but Japan looked more likely to score a third than they did to find an equaliser.

Colombia finished fourth in CONMEBOL standings to take the last automatic spot for the cup, while Japan finished second in Group A of AFC qualification.

Colombia continued to trouble Brazil with quick attacking movements but as the minutes passed they lost stamina and playing 90 minutes with a man down proved too big a mountain to climb.

James Rodriguez was only fit enough to appear as a second-half substitute
James Rodriguez was only fit enough to appear as a second-half substitute

Colombia responded well, however, restricting Japan to half chances while maintaining a threat of their own.

Colombia: Ospina (6), Murillo (6), Arias (6), Mojica (6), D. Sanchez (5), C. Sanchez (3), Cuadrado (5), Lerma (5), Quintero (6), Izquierdo (5), Falcao (6). Subs: Barrios 5, James 4, Bacca 5. Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa's shot with his extended right arm and was ejected. Rodriguez's stunning goal against Uruguay in the second round, when he controlled the ball with his chest and volleyed home from distance, was one of the tournament's best moments. The worst outcome ensued: a handball, a red card and a penalty-kick goal. Colombia are in a situation. The goal was confirmed by goal-line technology. Inui thinks about fouling him but somehow manages to refrain, gets nowhere, and Japan attack again. They're left to figure out how to dig themselves out of this deep hole. But he can't impart the necessary venom, and Ospina shoves away.

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Osako with the all-important goal for Japan... Osako forced Ospina into another save low to his left after rolling Davinson Sanchez before Hiroki Sakai was denied by another sprawling save from the Colombian keeper. He swings a huge foot at it, but Osako dives in to deflect the ball over the top.

Having amassed 83 caps for his country, this will likely be Kawashima's last World Cup with the gloveman very much in his twilight years.

Our recommended way to watch the Colombia vs Japan game online live streaming without cable is via Hulu Live TV with complete World Cup coverage. The record is now P18 W1 D3 L14.


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