Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

After missing Monday's training following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil's star player and talisman Neymar limped out on Tuesday.
Neymar hobbles out of Brazil World Cup training
After missing Monday's training following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil's star player and talisman Neymar limped out on Tuesday.
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
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Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Neymar a no-show at Brazil training
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Neymar a no-show at Brazil training
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Neymar a no-show at Brazil training
Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
Brazil's Neymar, left, kicks a free kick during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Brazil's Neymar, left, kicks a free kick during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
England have been warned to expect rough treatment against Panama after Belgium coach Roberto Martinez voiced fears of Eden Hazard being kicked out of the tournament if referees did not clamp down. Twenty four hours after Brazil forward Neymar called for more protection after being unhappy with Switzerland’s physical tactics, Martinez bemoaned Panama’s targeting of Hazard in his side's 3-0 opening win. The Chelsea forward was hacked down by Panama defenders Roman Torres and Michael Murillo and the five bookings collected by Hernan Gomez’s side were the most by a team in a single game since Holland in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain. Hazard was seen leaving the Fisht Stadium with heavy strapping to his left calf and Martinez is worried players are not being looked after by referees. England face Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. “You could see the yellow cards were mounting,” Martinez said. “It is a worry that in any of those tackles he could get hurt. That’s a way of trying to stop him. Everyone is allowed to prepare games in the way you can. That’s part of the rules. But you run the risk of players sent off. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game “My worry is that we lose the opportunity to enjoy quality of a player like Eden. Not just for Eden. Any player with ability to take players on. We hope we get lucky in that respect.” Hazard said Panama’s tactics came as no surprise to him. “We knew it before the game,” he said. “People say that Belgium will win every game but it’s not so simple. I think Panama have good players, strong players, they play with their qualities, that’s why we had some problems in the first half but at the end of the result is 3-0 so we are happy. Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men “It’s always the same. I can complain and say I need more protection but I don’t like to do that. I’m used to it. I try to get free-kicks and cards. It’s normal if you are a player who has lots of the ball and likes to dribble.”​
England warned to expect tough approach from Panama
England have been warned to expect rough treatment against Panama after Belgium coach Roberto Martinez voiced fears of Eden Hazard being kicked out of the tournament if referees did not clamp down. Twenty four hours after Brazil forward Neymar called for more protection after being unhappy with Switzerland’s physical tactics, Martinez bemoaned Panama’s targeting of Hazard in his side's 3-0 opening win. The Chelsea forward was hacked down by Panama defenders Roman Torres and Michael Murillo and the five bookings collected by Hernan Gomez’s side were the most by a team in a single game since Holland in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain. Hazard was seen leaving the Fisht Stadium with heavy strapping to his left calf and Martinez is worried players are not being looked after by referees. England face Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. “You could see the yellow cards were mounting,” Martinez said. “It is a worry that in any of those tackles he could get hurt. That’s a way of trying to stop him. Everyone is allowed to prepare games in the way you can. That’s part of the rules. But you run the risk of players sent off. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game “My worry is that we lose the opportunity to enjoy quality of a player like Eden. Not just for Eden. Any player with ability to take players on. We hope we get lucky in that respect.” Hazard said Panama’s tactics came as no surprise to him. “We knew it before the game,” he said. “People say that Belgium will win every game but it’s not so simple. I think Panama have good players, strong players, they play with their qualities, that’s why we had some problems in the first half but at the end of the result is 3-0 so we are happy. Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men “It’s always the same. I can complain and say I need more protection but I don’t like to do that. I’m used to it. I try to get free-kicks and cards. It’s normal if you are a player who has lots of the ball and likes to dribble.”​
Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, but a legend of the women's game feels the officials did them few favours
'Neymar roughed up and Miranda shove missed' - Marta left pondering the point of VAR
Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, but a legend of the women's game feels the officials did them few favours
Neymar has missed training for Brazil following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, in which he was fouled 10 times.
Neymar misses Brazil World Cup training
Neymar has missed training for Brazil following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, in which he was fouled 10 times.
Brazil's Neymar reacts after being tackled by Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami (AFP Photo/Jewel SAMAD)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after being tackled by Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami
Brazil's Neymar reacts after being tackled by Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami (AFP Photo/Jewel SAMAD)
Neymar often slowed down the Brazilian attacks (AFP Photo/Jewel SAMAD)
Neymar often slowed down the Brazilian attacks
Neymar often slowed down the Brazilian attacks (AFP Photo/Jewel SAMAD)
The PSG superstar was felled 10 times during the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, and the Barcelona midfielder is expecting more of the same
Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup
The PSG superstar was felled 10 times during the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, and the Barcelona midfielder is expecting more of the same
Brazil goalscorer Philippe Coutinho says Tite's men expect teams to continue to single out star man Neymar for punishment.
Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup
Brazil goalscorer Philippe Coutinho says Tite's men expect teams to continue to single out star man Neymar for punishment.
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Why are the World Cup favourites floundering?
The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament’s top teams. Argentina were held by Iceland, Brazil by Switzerland, France squeezed past Australia and Germany lost to Mexico. Even Spain, boasting a squad brimming European and World champions, conceded three goals in their first game. Brazil took 21 shots, Germany had 26, and Argentina 27. It was not through want of trying that they did not score more. So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? Germany Joshua Kimmich was hailed as the best right back in the world after his thrilling Euro 2016 performances, playing in the position vacated by the retired Philipp Lahm. Against Mexico, he had just 18 touches in his own half, and spent most of his time bombing forwards. He lost the ball 19 times - the second most in the team, and didn’t make a single tackle. This irked Mats Hummels, playing in central defence, who did not hold back after the game, saying: "If seven or eight players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome Boateng and I at the back." Joshua Kimmich touch map: The right back had at least three times as many touches in the opposition half as his own against Mexico Credit: OPTA In midfield, the blame was shared. Mesut Ozil won only one of his seven duels and didn’t make a single tackle. Thomas Muller didn’t muster a single shot, and had a pass completion rate of 71 per cent. He gave the ball away 22 times. And Sami Khedira, taken off after an hour, didn’t make a single tackle and gave the ball away for Mexico’s goal. Up front, Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006. Draxler and Kroos worked hard, but ultimately could not convert. There is no doubt that Leroy Sane could have brightened things up. Timo Werner squandered a big chance just before the final whistle. Germany have a fantastic squad, full of European and World Cup winners, but they badly under-performed in Moscow. Defensive discipline and midfield steel are required for their remaining group games, for which they are now under serious pressure. Argentina Argentina's problem seems obvious: profligacy. Iceland took an absolute hammering, facing down 27 shots from some of the world’s best attackers. Argentina also had 10 corners, 25 crosses, 78 per cent possession and made 751 passes, but could not find a way through for a second. The biggest culprit was also the side's biggest talisman. Lionel Messi had 11 shots without scoring - including his saved penalty - which was the most taken fruitlessly at a World Cup finals since 1970. Messi's 11 shots were not enough to break the Icelandic defence Credit: Juan Mabromata / AFP Maybe it was just one of those days for Messi, but - as ever where Barcelona's forward is concerned - you wonder what influence Cristiano Ronaldo's own display the previous night for Portugal against Spain might have had on him. Was he trying too hard, attempting to replicate the impact of his Real Madrid rival's hat-trick? If so, he needs to detach and relax. The more he tried against Iceland, the more he seemed to struggle. Afterwards, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said: "To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win.” In their next game, against Croatia on Thursday, they cannot be so wasteful. Brazil Brazil had 21 shots taken by 11 different players in their draw against Switzerland, as well as seven corners, but their one concern in attack is with Neymar and how he was stifled. The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the most fouled player in a World Cup match in 20 years in Rostov: of Switzerland's 19 fouls in the game, 10 of them came against Neymar. Valon Behrami was chief enforcer, tracking the forward all over the pitch, eventually running out of steam by 70 minutes. Neymar was fouled 10 times against Switzerland Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP Part of the problem stemmed from Neymar taking on too much responsibility. He attempted 11 dribbles during the game but completed just five of those. Neymar needs more support. Brazil did not dominate the game to the same extent as some of their big rivals in their opening match, with negligible territorial advantage over the 90 minutes, and less possession in the first half. They lost the ball 124 times - just less than Switzerland’s 130. Casemiro needs to take these games by the scruff of the neck as he did so well for Real Madrid in Europe this season. Their next test will come against the compact Costa Rica, but Brazil have the talent to unpick the midfield. France France scraped past Australia, relying on VAR and goal-line technology to win 2-1. Hugo Lloris made some fine saves in what was otherwise an ordinary performance from Les Bleus. The French squad has been feted as the most valuable in the tournament, worth an eyewatering £950million, but there are question marks over how Didier Deschamps deployed their front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé. For a start, Deschamps' 4-3-3 formation was unfamiliar - he had used 4-4-2 in qualifying and then 4-3-1-2 in the World Cup warm-up friendlies - and France's unfamiliarity with the system showed against the Australians. Combined heat map of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in the game against Australia Credit: OPTA The heat map for Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe shows how lop-sided France were, with too much emphasis placed on their left hand side. Dembélé did not take a single shot in 70 minutes, and lost the ball 14 times. Griezmann did not make a single tackle and lost the ball 13 times, but he did at least have three shots on target. Mbappé had one. Peru and Denmark should provide stronger opposition than Australia, with the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the world respectively, but with France’s depth and obvious ability, and Paul Pogba looking sharp in midfield, the group stage should be easily navigated. Spain In Spain’s draw with Portugal, we learnt more about Ronaldo’s brilliance than Spain’s shortcomings. A phenomenal free kick, a clinical penalty and a goalkeeper spillage are all tricky to mitigate against, so despite the scoreline, there isn’t much to panic about on the pitch. Costa will continue to bully defenders, Ramos will continue to bully attackers and Spain will start to win. Isco’s brilliance in midfield showed why he kept Gareth Bale out of the Real Madrid team for much of last season. The playmaker made 89 successful passes and crucially, 63 of those were going forwards. Isco starred for Spain, against Portugal Credit: TASS / Barcroft Images Overall, Spain made more than twice as many passes as Portugal, with 757. Their completion rate was 92.2 per cent, showing that tiki-taka still works. The main concern for Spain is off the pitch. Fernando Hierro had obvious pedigree as a player, but his managerial track record is patchy. He worked as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, before leaving to manage Segunda Division outfit Real Oviedo. He left after a year having missed out on the play-off places. Whether he has the tactical nous to navigate his way through a knockout tournament is yet to be seen. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Neymar was well-marshalled by the Swiss defence, especially captain Lichtsteiner (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)
Neymar was well-marshalled by the Swiss defence, especially captain Lichtsteiner
Neymar was well-marshalled by the Swiss defence, especially captain Lichtsteiner (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)
Switzerland were able to prevent the Paris Saint-Germain forward from making much of an impact in their World Cup opener, but deny rough treatment
'Neymar fell down a lot' - Lichtsteiner pleased with containing job on Brazil superstar
Switzerland were able to prevent the Paris Saint-Germain forward from making much of an impact in their World Cup opener, but deny rough treatment
Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's player Neymar (L) and teammates during a training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's player Neymar (L) and teammates during a training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's player Neymar (L) and teammates during a training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Brazilian superstar Neymar limped away from a small training game in frustration on Tuesday with what appeared to be some sort of lower body injury.
Neymar limps out of training with apparent lower body injury
Brazilian superstar Neymar limped away from a small training game in frustration on Tuesday with what appeared to be some sort of lower body injury.
Brazilian superstar Neymar limped away from a small training game in frustration on Tuesday with what appeared to be some sort of lower body injury.
Neymar limps out of training with apparent lower body injury
Brazilian superstar Neymar limped away from a small training game in frustration on Tuesday with what appeared to be some sort of lower body injury.
The Selecao star missed training on Monday after suffering 10 fouls in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, and ended up limping out on Tuesday
Neymar hobbles out of Brazil training ahead of World Cup clash with Costa Rica
The Selecao star missed training on Monday after suffering 10 fouls in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, and ended up limping out on Tuesday
The Selecao star missed training on Monday after suffering 10 fouls in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, and ended up limping out on Tuesday