Colombia 1-2 Japan: Yuya Osako header seals emotional opening win

Colombia 1-2 Japan: Yuya Osako header seals emotional opening win

But instead it was Japan who regained the lead, Osako finishing with a header from Keisuke Honda's corner.

Having amassed 83 caps for his country, this will likely be Kawashima's last World Cup with the gloveman very much in his twilight years.

"Normally you prepare a match to play 11 players against 11 and to lose one player in the first three minutes _ to lose such a crucial player - that's not an easy thing", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said.

Read the game well even when under sustained pressure in the second half.

Another video review led to a penalty at the World Cup, this time helping Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 Monday.

Japan's opening World Cup game in Group H was played against a sombre backdrop following the strong natural disaster in Osaka that has killed at least three people and injured more than 200, but Akira Nishino's side will now be hopeful of qualifying for the knockout stages following his side's courageous display.

Japan coach Akira Nishino praised his players' ability to adapt and secure the victory through Yuya Osako's 73rd-minute victor.

"We only depend on what we do from now on", Falcao said. "This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration". "We need to be strong, have character and show the power of our team".

Kagawa went close in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a risky position in the box.

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With only the first matches of the group stages concluding today, there have already been more free-kicks scored this summer than in Brazil 2014, and what a collection of goals they have been so far. Japanese princess Takamado attended the match.

The 22-year-old central defender started the game and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Colombia lost 2-1.

Japan brought on Hotaru Yamaguchi for Shibasaki with 10 minutes remaining, replacing Osako with Leicester's Shinji Okazaki. Sanchez did his best to get in the way of the ball.

Pekerman brought on 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor James Rodriguez in the second half but the Bayern Munich star, not fully recovered from a calf injury, was not allowed much of the ball by a disciplined, energetic Japan side.

Pekerman also subbed out experienced midfielder Juan Cuadrado earlier than anticipated in response to Sanchez's red card.

Tipped to finish bottom of the group, Japan have now made a blistering start to their World Cup campaign and could reach the Round of 16 for a third time in their history if they build on the momentum from today.

Nonetheless, from the resultant corner, Japan finally found the breakthrough as Honda's unsafe delivery found Osako, who showed the greatest hunger in a sea of opposition defenders to send a deft header past Ospina and win it for his team.

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

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