Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their World Cup opener

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As the 10 men tried to hit back, Santiago Arias got down the right but failed to find Radamel Falcao with his cross, and with 12 minutes gone Falcao came close but his touch to a Quintero free kick was straight at keeper Eiji Kawashima.

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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.

"The players that I subbed onto the pitch shows that I was not expecting a defensive style of play".

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Juan Quintero's clever low free kick in the 39th minute brought Colombia's equaliser but Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for the 73rd-minute victor.

After having a man sent off and falling behind from the spot early on, Colombia regained their balance thanks to some midfield switches, probing down the flanks and ultimately pulling level.

Japan, 45 places below their opponents in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, had to fend off one final attack from Los Cafeteros as James's shot from eight yards was superbly blocked behind by matchwinner Osako.

After profiting from Colombia's early setback, Nishino stressed to his players the importance of keeping up the pressure on the tiring opposition.

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.

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"It was good we could deprive the front players of their stamina". Ospina gets out well to block, but the rebounds falls directly to the feet of Kagawa, who strokes in the opener. only for Sanchez to hurl himself at it and stop with his arm and chest.

Colombia, billed as one of the most attractive sides in the tournament, were firm favourites going into the match.

Another day. Another match.

Okazaki did get in the game, but not until the 85th minute.

Four-times Asian champions Japan lost 4-1 to Colombia in Brazil and have been hamstrung by a poor build-up to the tournament, including the sacking of Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic in April.

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