Japan got off their World Cup campaign to a winning start by defeating ten-man Colombia 2-1 in Saransk on Tuesday.
Colombia captain Radamel Falcao, 32, played in the first World Cup match of his career but the striker failed to extend his all-time scoring record of 29 goals for Colombia.
His teammate, midfielder Carlos Sanchez made a record by being the first player of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be shown a red card following his handling of the ball inside the penalty area early on.
Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa stepped up to convert the ensuing spot-kick and put his side in front six minutes into the match.
Colombia equalized through Juan Quintero’s free-kick in the 39th minute after goal-line technology established that Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima only stopped the ball behind the line.
Yuya Osako nodded in second-half substitute Keisuke Honda’s corner in the 73rd minute to get Japan, who are playing at their sixth straight World Cup, a win.
Poland will play Senegal in the other Group H match, scheduled to be played in Moscow later today.
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