Japan beat Colombia in World Cup Group H opener

Shinji Kagawa and Hiroki Sakai of Japan celebrate after Yuya Osako of Japan scoried the 2nd Japan goal to make it 2-1 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19, 2018 in Saransk, Russia.
Shinji Kagawa and Hiroki Sakai of Japan celebrate after Yuya Osako of Japan scoried the 2nd Japan goal to make it 2-1 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19, 2018 in Saransk, Russia.
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Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in the opening match in World Cup Group H on Tuesday, taking advantage of an early red card for midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

Shinji Kagawa gave Japan the lead from the penalty spot after Sanchez handled the ball.

Juan Quintero brought Colombia level as half-time approached but Yuya Osako grabbed the winner in the second period.

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