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

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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.

PREVIEW:

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.