Another record! Second World Cup's quickest red card

Colombia James Rodriguez 2018

Colombia James Rodriguez 2018

Sanchez became the first player to get a red card in the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Japan clinched their first ever World Cup victory on European soil after edging through a resilient ten-man Colombia.

The 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) was another surprising result in an unpredictable tournament.

A straight red card and a penalty inside the first five minutes saw Colombia's worst nightmares realised, and Shinji Kagawa made no mistake from the spot.

Uruguay's Alberto Batista who was sent off after 54 seconds in a 1986 World Cup game against Scottland is now followed by Sanchez at the second spot after he was shown a red card in just two minutes and 56 seconds. David Ospina saved his shot, but the ball arrived into the path of Shinji Kagawa, whose shot was stopped by Carlos Sanchez, hurling himself in its way but connecting with an arm.

But it was all in vain when Japan's Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for the 73rd-minute victor. "I'm happy he scored". "I was able to keep a cool head and put the penalty away", said Kagawa.

Colombia had to play with 10 men for the rest of the match against Japan's eleven.

Read the game well even when under sustained pressure in the second half.

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

Yuya Osako has proven himself to be Japan's first-choice striker.

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This win was worth so much more than three points for Japan.

At 32, Carlos Sanchez is playing in his third World Cup after representing Colombia at South 2010 and Brazil 2014.

"We had practiced loads of set pieces and that goal was straight off the training ground", said Osako. "We need to be strong, have character and show the power of our team". 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.

With only the first matches of the group stages concluding today, there have already been more free-kicks scored this summer than in Brazil 2014, and what a collection of goals they have been so far.

"Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us".

The win provided joy to a country recovering from a deadly natural disaster in Osaka a day earlier. The result also brought a smile to Japanese princess Takamdo, who attended the match.

Okazaki did get in the game, but not until the 85th minute. The Bayern Munich midfielder has an injured left calf and was on the bench at the start.

With the numerical advantage, Japan did create chances to extend their lead but Takashi Inui and Osako both wasted opportunities from good positions.

A Sweden supporter holds up a scarf ahead of a World Cup Group F match between Sweden and South Korea on June 18, 2018. There was little but no choice for referee Damir Skomina to send the defender off.

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