Colombia 1-2 Japan: – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – June 19 (Group H) – Saransk, 1pm


Colombia 1-2 Japan – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Tues  June 19 (Group H) – Saransk

Japan secured their first World Cup victory on European soil as Yuya Osako’s header earned a 2-1 win over 10-man Colombia in Saransk.

Player ratings

Colombia: Ospina (6), Murillo (6), Arias (6), Mojica (6), D. Sanchez (5), C. Sanchez (3), Cuadrado (5), Lerma (5), Quintero (6), Izquierdo (5), Falcao (6).

Subs: Barrios (6), Rodriguez (5), Bacca (5)

Japan: Kawashima (6), Shoji (6), Nagatomo (7), H. Sakai (7), Yoshida (7), Shibasaki (6), Haraguchi (6), Kagawa (7), Inui (7), Hasebe (6), Osako (8).

Subs: Honda (7), Yamaguchi (6), Okazaki (6)

Man of the match: Yuya Osako

What’s next?

Japan continue their quest for qualification from Group H when they travel to the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg to face Senegal on Sunday (4pm BST kick-off). Colombia play Poland on the same day at the Kazan Arena at 7pm BST.


Colombia and Japan will both be looking to get off to winning starts when their World Cup campaigns get underway in Saransk on Tuesday lunchtime.

Colombia have a doubt over Rodriguez, who was absent from a training session last week due to a muscle problem.

Johan Mojica is set to deputise at left back for Frank Fabra, who is out of the tournament due to a knee injury.

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki may miss out with a calf problem, although midfielder Ryota Oshima and defender Gen Shoji are expected to be fit after they both recently returned to training.