Drama as Africa scores another World Cup goal, takes lead

Ruben Holloway
June 23, 2018

Japan defeated 10-man Colombia, 2-1, marking the first time the nation beat a South American team in the tournament.

"This is my favorite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs. Colombia". America's Steve Christakos reports.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation began on June 14th, and some of the participating teams have yet to play a match.

Sanchez handled the ball to stop Shinji Kagawa's goal-bound attempt, and the referee had no hesitation in brandishing the red card and pointing to the penalty spot.

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He had three disappointing seasons at Real Madrid and the team eventually loaned him to rival Bayern Munich. Japan showed their class to beat the ten men on Colombia 2-1.

Senegal's 2-1 victory over Poland came in the day's second Group H game, following Japan's historic 2-1 win over Colombia.

In between those two matches, Uruguay look to secure their passage to the knockout rounds when they clash with Saudi Arabia in Group A from 3am.

Pekerman went with the youth of center back Davinson Sanchez, but the Tottenham defender was partly at fault in the buildup to the first goal for Japan and didn't provide much stability at the back.

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The death threat brings to memory the death of Andres Escobar who was shot upon return from the United States of America '94 World Cup after he scored an own goal in the encounter with the USA. Japan's Yuya Osako headed the victor in the 73rd minute.

With Japan dominating in midfield, Colombia's Argentine coach Jose Pekerman opted to sacrifice Juan Cuadrado around the half hour mark to send on defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios. The team's objective has been to repeat or improve on its surprising run four years ago when it reached the quarterfinals, Colombia's best-ever performance at a World Cup.

Nearly 9,000 miles (14,000 kilometres) away, a pair of lions at the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin agreed with Olivia and backed Colombia to win - choosing a box made from the Colombian colours over Japan's, which they tore to pieces.

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