Japan Emerges First Asian Country To Beat A South American Team
Having defeated Colombia by two goals to one 2-1), Japan has become the first Asian country to beat a South American team.
Japan took advantage of Colombians’ C. Sanchez 4 minutes red card, kagawa scored a penalty to put Japan ahead in the sixth minutes.
Qiuntero equalise for Colombia in the 39th minutes with a genius set pace free kick.
But Osako put Japan ahead again in the 73rd minutes and that was the goal that gave Japan its first historic goal against Colombia.
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Tough start for Jose Pekerman’s men. The plan for the game changed after that red card for Carlos Sanchez – the most important cog in the Colombia midfield – and an early goal from Japan. Colombia never gave up, and tried to generate some offensive plays with Cuadrado, Quintero and Izquierdo in the first half. Even with James coming on as a sub in the second half, Los Cafeteros still struggled to reach Japan’s defensive third. Japan, on the other hand, were constantly pressing and found spaces between a back-line that was debuting today.
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