Another record! Second World Cup's quickest red card

James Rodriguez in action for Colombia

Japan got their World Cup campaign off to the flawless start with a 2-1 win over Colombia, who suffered the tournament's first red card after only three minutes.

Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday (Jun 19), beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to exact sweet revenge for a painful defeat at Brazil in 2014.

Hiroki Sakai then had a shot blocked out for a corner which Osako rose above Santiago Arias to head in off the right post to settle things, silencing the overwhelming Colombian crowd.

Footage of a wonderfully selfless act from Japanese fans has gone viral, in a touching end to a big World Cup upset.

Coach Akira Nishino's plans worked to perfection as Samurai Blue got just the result they were hoping for.

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Takashi Inui (Japan): A constant threat, when Japan upped the tempo in the second half, he was their most threatening and most effective player. Colombia brought on James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca in a desperate bid to salvage a point but Japan held on for a first win at the World Cup since beating Denmark in 2010.

If seeing James Rodriguez left out of the starting 11 due to injury wasn't enough, Colombian fans were left devastated when their team was reduced to 10 men after Carlos Sánchez was awarded the first red card of the tournament.

However, do not expect that stat to last too long as James Rodriguez picked up the Golden Boot four years ago, as well as clinching the goal of the tournament, and he even scored in every match Colombia played.

"We only depend on what we do from now on", Falcao said.

It was also sweet revenge for Japan, who were thumped 4-1 by the same opponents in Brazil 2014, but they wasted plenty of chances to kill the game off earlier.

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"To score a goal for me in World Cup has been a dream", Osako said.

In an explosive start to the Group H clash, Colombia defender Carlos Sanchez earned the first red card of Russian Federation 2018 with a handball after just four minutes. 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.

Although Sanchez recovered from that early mistake and improved as the game went on, there was a bit of shakiness about him throughout the entire 90 minutes.

"From the start I thought we could be very aggressive and of course we had the advantage of more players", Nishino told reporters.

Colombia started the Group H fixture without the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor Rodriguez due to muscle fatigue, while Japan were without Leicester City striker Okazaki due to a calf problem.

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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. There was little but no choice for referee Damir Skomina to send the defender off.

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