FIFA WC: Osako's header snatches 2-1 win for Japan

Radamel Falcao Colombia

First Japan, ranked 61st in the world, became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at any World Cup, overcoming 16th-ranked Colombia 2-1.

She arrived Monday in Russian Federation and will stay through June 26, and is expected to attend Japan's next two group stage matches against Senegal and Poland. Kagawa then converted from the spot.

In central midfield, Pekerman hopes that playmaker James Rodriguez, who came on as a second-half substitute, will be fit enough to start against Poland in Group H. The Bayern Munich player, who was the top scorer at the 2014 tournament, has been suffering from a left calf injury in recent days. Colombia's Juan Quintero equalized the score in the 39th minute while Japanese forward Yuya Osako secured Japan's 2-1 win in the 73rd minute. 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.

Earlier in the match, Denmark star player Christian Eriksen linked up well with Nicolai Jorgensen to smash a half-volley past Mat Ryan in the 7th minute, opening up what looked to be a match nearly certainly dominated by the Danes, reports Efe.

Japan coach Akira Nishino: "This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration".

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"We only depend on what we do from now on", Falcao said. But he too faded as Japan stretched Colombia with waves of attacks.

"I think the simple fact of still being alive in the World Cup gives us the emotional drive for our two remaining matches", Falcao said. "We treat the question of security for our guests and their belongings very seriously and immediately informed the police", she said in an email.

The red card shown to Carlos Sanchez was the first of this tournament and the second quickest in World Cup history after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986 (54 seconds).

Back in 2014, Falcao was ruled out of what was expected to be his first World Cup after injuring his knee.

Two games will be held in Group B: Portugal will face Morocco at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium at 15:00 Moscow time, while Spain will take on Iran in Kazan at 21:00 Moscow time.

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