Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

The World Cup shocks continue

The World Cup shocks continue

In the World Cup, Japan became the first Asian team to win against a South American opponent by beating Colombia 2 to 1. America's Steve Christakos reports.

Kagawa rolled Japan's resulting penalty past David Ospina in a nightmare start to Colombia's World Cup campaign.

Japan's supporters hold fans prior to the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Moments later, Skomina ordered both teams to change sides, after which the match began.

- Colombia's Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for almost its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates backed him after the 2-1 loss.

But on Tuesday night, when Dzuba scored Russia's magnificent third goal against Egypt, it was clear, and shockingly so, that the underdog host had just ended the dream of Mohamed Sarah, football's star of the year. Russia's convincing victory over Egypt, which has de-facto promoted the host nation to the knockout stage, as well as Poland and Colombia's unexpected defeats in Round 1, have become highlights of Day Six of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

He was the top scorer in Brazil World Cup 2014 with six goals in five matches.

A costly mistake by Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez in the opening minutes led to a red card and a penalty, helping Japan take an early lead. Every player played to their best, especially in the second half.

Senegal grew in confidence after that goal and went into the break brimming with confidence.

In the previous three meetings between the two sides, Japan has failed to defeat Colombia as the former side lost twice while they settled with the share of the spoils in the remaining game.

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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