Jose Pekerman's side suffered the worst possible start after Carlos Sanchez was sent off for handling Osako's goalbound shot with Shinji Kagawa on hand to calmly slot the resulting penalty (6). But then, on 39 minutes, Radamel Falcao bought a free-kick and Juan Quintero bent a clever shot under the wall's jump for 1-1.
Japan's midfielder Shinji Kagawa (L) vies with Colombia's midfielder Carlos Sanchez during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Colombia and Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Jun 19, 2018.
Japan were handed a slice of good fortune after Carlos Sanchez was correctly dismissed for using his arm to keep out Osako's shot after Ospina had done well to initially deny Kagawa.
Not just the second-fastest goal of the tournament, the game which squared off on a dramatic note, also saw the second fastest red card in World Cup history.
This was later cancelled Juan Quintero who leveled the scores before Yuya Osako could head to double the scores and restore the lead for Japan.
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Japan beat a 10-man Colombia at Mordovia Arena, Saransk.
The Samurai Blue were in complete control for the next 15 minutes and were almost back in front after Osako got a shot away, which Ospina was equal to on this occasion, as he was when Inui curled one towards the top corner. After a huge blunder from Colombian defender Carlos Sanchez, who became the first player to be handed a red card in Russian Federation, veteran Shinji Kagawa stepped up to deliver for the Asians as they took a lead. The win was a surprise also because Japan changed coaches shortly before the tournament, and because Asian teams had failed to beat South American opposition in 17 previous World Cup meetings.
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.
A Sweden supporter holds up a scarf ahead of a World Cup Group F match between Sweden and South Korea on June 18, 2018. In fact, only the United States (33) and Austria (29) have played more games in the competition without ever registering a 0-0.
Keisuke Honda has now become the first Asian player to provide an assist in three different World Cups.
Colombia is in now serious danger of failing to advance out of group play with games against Senegal and Poland.
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The Frenchman said: 'I'm not going to complain about VAR because it was in our favour obviously . "It helped correct a mistake". Rogic did show nice touches when he got near enough to the ball to do so, but was replaced by Jackson Irvine on 72 minutes.