Japan beat 10-man Colombia in another World Cup upset

Virginia Santiago
June 23, 2018

The two countries left the 15,000 volunteers working on the tournament in Russian Federation with a little less work to do.

Senegal fans have in fact been seen doing the same at this year's World Cup - but it's the Japanese who pioneered it and are now famous for it.

Their side won their opening game, beating Colombia 2-1, and securing the team's first victory against a South American side.

Two minutes later, Japan got a dream start as Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa easily netted a goal to give his side a 1-0 lead over Colombia.

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Yuya Osako secured the vital three points for Akira Nishino's side after scoring a victor in the 73rd minute.

"When you lose a critically important player three minutes into the game, it is tough", team's manager Jose Pekerman said.

Despite their numerical disadvantage Colomiba performed boldly in the first half especially and leveled just before the break when Juan Quintero cleverly placed a freekick underneath the wall, catching Eiji Kawashima by surprise.

Although they still played with great style and bravery, and even drew level after Japan after had taken the lead with the penalty from Sanchez's deliberate handball, their 10 men grew ever more tired in the second half. They raise their heads and patiently wait for the next opportunity to do things better.

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Japanese fans clean up the stadium after their 2014 World Cup soccer match against Greece at the Dunas arena in Natal, Brazil, on June 19, 2014.

Senegal's first goal in the 37th minute came as a gift to a side that carried a whole continent on its shoulders. The goals were also scored by M'baye Niang on the 60th minute and Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak on the 86th minute.

What do fans make of the fact their post-match cleaning spree becomes a regular hit on social media?

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