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Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Meet Britain's smallest boxer
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Meet Britain's smallest boxer
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Meet Britain's smallest boxer
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
Meet Britain's smallest boxer
Feature with Britain's smallest boxer, Reiss 'Showy' Taylor. The 4ft 11in flyweight - a former Aston Villa academy footballer - is one of a few vegan boxers and insists his diminutive height will not stop him fulfilling his dreams in the ring under the guidance of BCB Promotions. The Birmingham fighter's record currently reads two wins and three defeats, although one of those wins was an impressive knockout of Jack Smith, who stood six inches taller.
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
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
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Egypt World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Egypt World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Egypt World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
Egypt's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Egypt's World Cup squad - the 23 names Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Egypt's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 - report Russia: Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm Saudi Arabia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Read our handy guide on predictions and kick off times for Russia vs Egypt. Egypt's World Cup record World Cup record: Egypt The kits See where Egypt's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Egypt to win the World Cup? 150/1. Who's the coach? Hector Cuper led Valencia to two consecutive Champions League finals Credit: Getty Images Hector Cuper, former progressive turned crabby pragmatist after losing back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia and Serie A on the last day of the season with Inter. Who's the star? After a scare and a prayer: ‘Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah… Running down the wing… Salah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... Egyptian King!’ Fans in Egypt react to Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury in the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Endless patience, a steel door defence and a world-class player in Salah cutting in from the right to strike with finishes of impudent variation. Worst thing about them A classic counter-attacking side, they can be stultifying for long stretches and stymied if the opposition scores first and sits back. You may recognise… Mop-headed, uncompromising West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi who marks opponents with all the impropriety of a barbed-wire squid. Cameramen will be picking out… Mohamed Salah running, thanking, kneeling, sliding, posing, pointing, scoring, falling. Fans' favourite chant Will quickly and wittily turn on Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government when things go wrong. On-field prediction Victory over Saudi Arabia but pipped for second place by the hosts. Off-field prediction Many have taken out enormous loans, so expect vibrancy tinged with hysteria and an epic comedown. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate has impressively changed our perception of him - now England need to do the same
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate has impressively changed our perception of him - now England need to do the same
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate has impressively changed our perception of him - now England need to do the same
Gareth Southgate’s last World Cup appearance ended with one of the most memorable quotes about an England manager. It came in 2002, after defeat to Brazil, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was unable to inspire a comeback. “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith,” Southgate was quoted saying, with what he thought a private remark capturing the mood of a nation. As he follows Eriksson’s path leading England on the biggest stage, I can’t help wonder what kind of leader Southgate is? I doubt he will be delivering Churchillian speeches in the dressing room, but I also hope - and expect - he will be more charismatic than the colourless Duncan-Smith. Six years ago I spent time working alongside Southgate at a major tournament. I was a TV pundit with Southgate, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane. Everyone was asking Keane and I about our management aspirations, evidently unaware of the ambition burning in Southgate to prove himself after his first stint as a head coach at Middlesbrough. He struck me as a person pretty much as a saw him as a player - polite, studious, good company and an all-round likeable bloke. He tended to sit on the fence with his opinions, so much so I can’t recall him saying anything headline-grabbing or contentious when we sat on the sofa in Poland during Euro 2012. If Keane or I were going off on one, he courteously agreed or kept his thoughts to himself. Gareth Southgate gives the thumbs up after England training Credit: pa Did I think he would be managing England two World Cups later? No. He did not strike me as elite management material. I had similar misgivings when he was a player. As a centre-back playing in the same era, I admired Southgate. He won 57 England caps and was a high-quality, reliable and consistent defender. As he was so talented, I thought there must have something missing from his character preventing top-four clubs making a serious bid. With respect to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they were never going to play in the Champions League. What was he lacking? My suspicion was that the top managers felt Southgate too ‘nice’. That has been the overriding view of him throughout his career. For better or worse, we do not equate being a ‘nice’ person with being a winner. Those who succeed tend to possess an edge, even a touch of nastiness when it matters, to get where they and their clubs need to be. All the best managers have a snarl in them. Southgate’s brief spell in club management at Middlesbrough did not end well, and although he impressed with England’s Under 21s, few make the step up to the senior team. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Given these preconceptions, his appointment at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign did not fill the country with confidence, especially as it was due to the circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s sacking. It felt like England had nowhere to turn. But everything Southgate has said and done over the two years leading England to Russia has been impressive. There are subtle differences in management style which we may consider giant steps over the next month, and what really bodes well is he has shown a steel which his ‘nice guy’ public demeanour disguises. We can dismiss any whispers prior to his appointment that he is little more than a Football Association ‘yes man’. Our presumption Southgate is not tough enough for the job may be wrong. Southgate’s judgement was sharp when he first rejected the England post on an interim basis when Roy Hodgson was sacked, unwilling to hold the fort while the FA searched for someone else. It was the first sign he was prepared to make a choice that must have hurt at the time, but proved astute in ensuring he later got the role permanently. He has made big decisions over the last 12 months. Easing out England captain Wayne Rooney was skilful, as was dropping Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere on the eve of the competition. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Changing the system to three at the back after qualification is brave, as is the use of Kyle Walker in that back three for the good of the team – whether Walker likes it or not. Too often, England managers have made calls which, in the short-term, avoid controversy but hinder long-term progress – especially taking injured players and keeping faith in or pandering to big names who have lacked form and fitness for months. It feels like Southgate made a list of all the errors identified going into previous tournaments and did the opposite. That has taken courage because he will have made some enemies along the way - there will be those with their own agenda waiting to pounce if they feel slighted. There are other examples of Southgate expertly defusing the hand grenades every England manager gets chucked at him. I loved how he stood up to foreign secretary Boris Johnson when it was hinted England may have to boycott the World Cup amid rising tensions between the British and Russian governments. Most recently we saw the controversy of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo approached head-on by the manager, followed by his criticism of the player for his late arrival at training. Raheem Sterling tries to tag Trent Alexander-Arnold in training Credit: getty images Such details will not matter if we fail again, but it is refreshing to see an England manager in such control and preparing for tough questions rather than getting frustrated or emotional by the tone of interviews. This tells us much about Southgate’s true character. He is a modern coach who says he does not like plenty about the modern game, yet he is a realist and is proving adept at dealing with it. It is also refreshing to have an England manager without any baggage. Whether it was Allardyce and the off-field controversy leading to his swift exit; Hodgson and concerns about his failures at big clubs amid fears he was too ‘old school’; Fabio Capello’s inability to engage with the public and his squad; or Eriksson’s playboy lifestyle – there always seemed to be a stick with which the England coach could be easily beaten. Southgate goes into the competition with a clean slate. Indeed, the last time an England manager went into a competition with such a high approval rating was probably Glenn Hoddle in 1998, or even Terry Venables in 1996. It won’t matter if England lose early, but it’s still a healthier situation than before recent major tournaments. England has one of the least experienced teams in the World Cup We will know more over the next three fixtures if Southgate’s approach has made any difference to performances. The true examination starts against Tunisia on Monday, a fixture I believe tougher than many anticipate given the first opponents recently drew with Turkey and Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain. There is plenty of goodwill going into the competition but we have been in the midst of a phoney war until now. We will see how long the mutual respect between the manager, players and media lasts if England under-perform. If England are a goal down at half-time, Southgate’s players will be judging what kind of leader he is just as he did Eriksson. He has already shifted public perceptions of his management. Now he needs his England team to change how we feel about them. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The former Aston Villa and Zaragoza hitman is looking forward to seeing his compatriots in action, while backing rookie coach Krstajic to succeed
Savo Milosevic anticipates tough World Cup for 'talented' Serbia
The former Aston Villa and Zaragoza hitman is looking forward to seeing his compatriots in action, while backing rookie coach Krstajic to succeed
In World Cups past this was a game France would have lost. But in the era of video assistant referees and goal-line technology, the latest innovations twice came to their assistance – first awarding them a penalty, then spotting their winning shot had crossed the line. It added up to a very 21st-century victory. And never mind the man of the match, in Paris already the process must be under way to award the video ref the Legion d’Honneur. “I’m not going to complain about VAR today because it was in our favour, obviously,” said the France manager, Didier Deschamps. “The referee did not see that there was a foul, he was able to correct his mistake. That is a good thing.” A good thing maybe. But how France needed the technological assistance. What heavy weather their much-vaunted team made of victory. Up against an Australian side superbly organised by Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy, how they struggled to find anything close to the sort of control their talent should be capable of seizing. “There were a lot of moments the players of France didn’t know what to do with themselves against us and that is a compliment nobody expected,” said the Australia coach, Bert van Marwijk. And he wasn’t wrong. Last seen in the World Cup as manager of a Holland side that besmirched the 2010 final with their chest-high tackling, Van Marwijk may have ushered out the era of Total Football but he knows how to organise a defence. How he must have thrilled to see the gold Australia shirts forming two solid lines in front of their goalkeeper, Brighton’s Matt Ryan. Here they were, with two Premier League players and the rest from football’s less visited outposts (Aston Villa and Celtic notwithstanding) matching some of the most celebrated players in world football. Snapping into tackles, spoiling, stretching every fibre to make last-ditch interceptions, their magnificently destructive effort was epitomised by Trent Sainsbury of Grasshoppers, who twice managed to get a leg in the way to divert the ball as Antoine Griezmann appeared to be heading goalwards. It was a hugely frustrating opening for France. Not least for their celebrated youthful forward line. It may be a bit early to make judgment as it is only the second time they have started a game together, but could it be that the combination of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele will turn out to be the Gallic equivalent of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, a natural combination on paper that falls apart on the grass? Here they were in Kazan, collectively worth more than the gross national product of a former Soviet Republic, giving new definition to the term underwhelming. The main problem was, like Gerrard and Lampard, they seemed to spend their time together converging on the same space. Paul Pogba's deflected effort squirms over the line Credit: REUTERS Deschamps had admitted in his pre-match press conference that there was a “traffic jam” issue with his front line. But his tactics did little to free up space for them. It took until the 58th minute before we saw hint of their potential. A superb ball from Paul Pogba unleashed Griezmann. Initially referee Andres Cunha seemed to believe that Joshua Risdon’s sliding tackle had plucked the ball off the Frenchman’s toes. But a word in his ear advised him to check the replay on the pitchside screens. Scrutiny of the slow motion suggested that Risdon caught Pogba’s trailing leg. “The ref needs to be 100 per cent honest. He was standing close to the penalty and said play on,” complained Van Marwijk. But it was hard to argue the decision was not the right one, however inadvertently Risdon had tripped the forward. Griezmann stepped up perfectly to execute the spot-kick, a moment which, after his recent foray into film making, he will doubtless be marking with the imminent release of a feature length documentary. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article France’s lead lasted no more than four minutes, however. Mooy floated in a free-kick which, for some reason Samuel Umtiti decided to punch away. There was no need for VAR this time. And Mile Jedinak calmly gave Australia deserved parity. By now, Deschamps had tired of his front three. He took off Griezmann and Dembele and sent on Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir. It was Giroud who made the most obvious difference. Pogba, who was growing in authority, strode forward and played the ball into Mbappe, who returned the pass to the advancing midfielder. Pogba then played another sharp one-two with Giroud. And, as he shaped to shoot, the ball cannoned off the foot of Aziz Behich, bounced off the bar and down before ending up in Ryan’s arms. Once again technology intervened. The watch on Senor Cunha’s wrist buzzed to indicate the ball had crossed the line. It may have been a scrappy finish, it may have been improper reward for Australia’s wholehearted endeavour, but the build-up gave telling indication of France’s attacking potential. Deschamps must be hoping that from now on they can rely on that without recourse to the video suite. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 1:26PM Next up in Group C Is Peru vs Denmark at 5pm this afternoon. France will be in action next on Thursday afternoon against Peru. You'd expect Deschamps and his team will come in for a lot of criticism over the coming days for this afternoon's insipid display. Credit: REUTERS 1:08PM Stat pack Thanks to our pals at Opta, here are some stats to get your teeth from the game. This is the fourth successive World Cup that France have started the tournament unbeaten (W2 D2 L0), last losing in 2002 against Senegal. Australia have lost four of their five opening World Cup games, with their only win coming against Japan in 2006. France have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last seven international games, against Republic of Ireland in May. All four of Australian Mat Ryan’s saves vs France came in the opening eight minutes, with the keeper conceding the next two shots on target faced. The two penalties scored in the game between France and Australia were only four minutes, seven seconds apart - the shortest period of time between two penalties being scored by different sides in a World Cup match. Credit: AFP France v Australia became the first World Cup match since Senegal v Uruguay in World Cup 2002 to see both teams score a penalty in normal time. France are unbeaten in the 18 games that Antoine Griezmann has scored in (W16 D2 L0). Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of France's last 13 goals in major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), with seven goals and two assists. The average age of France’s starting XI (24y 196d) was their youngest in a World Cup match since July 1930 vs Chile. At 19 years and 178 days old, Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to make an appearance at a major tournament for France (World Cup and European Championships). Daniel Arzani has become the youngest player to ever make a World Cup appearance for Australia (19y 163d). 1:01PM Technology wins the day First VAR, and then goal-line technology had a hand in France's goals. The first one was debatable but in my mind probably the right call; the second was a reminder of how invaluable goal-line technology is. Imagine if France hadn't won because the linesman hadn't spotted the ball crossed the line? Credit: Getty Images 12:52PM Full-time - France 2 Australia 1 That's it! France have beaten Australia 2-1. 12:51PM 90+5 min France 2 Australia 1 Behich hauls in a long throw for Australia, but Pavard hacks the ball away. 12:49PM 90+3 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia in possession but no penetration as yet. 12:47PM 90 min France 2 Australia 1 Five minutes of time to be added on. 12:46PM 89 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia look pretty spent here. Can they dig into their reserves and lift themselves for one last effort? They get a big let-off after Mbappe, Fekir and Pogba make a mess of a France counter. 12:44PM 87 min France 2 Australia 1 Behich goes into the book for bringing down Fekir after getting the wrong side of the Lyon forward. 12:43PM 86 min France 2 Australia 1 Goal-line technology absolutely invaluable for Pogba's goal, as the ball was only over the line by millimetres. Lawro of course complained about it. Genuinely. 12:41PM 83 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia change - Kruse off for Arzani. What do the Aussies have left? 12:38PM 80 min GOOOOAAAAAAAAL France 2 Australia 1 (Pogba 80') What a crazy goal. Pogba bursts into the box, and is tackled by the luckless Behich, who inadvertently deflects the ball into his own goal. The ball actually bounces off the bar and into Ryan's hands, but the goal-line technology says goal. The stadium announcer says it's Pogba's goal but that will surely ultimately be given as an OG? France 2 - 1 Australia (Paul Pogba, 80 min) 12:34PM 78 min France 1 Australia 1 France make their final change - Mutuidi on for Tolisso. 12:33PM 76 min France 1 Australia 1 Yellow card for Tolisso after cynically chopping down Juric, who was breaking clear for Australia. 12:29PM 73 min France 1 Australia 1 A France corner is cleared to Pavan, who attempts a David Platt-style scissor kick from 25 yards out. Fair to say it doesn't go quite as planned and skews well wide. France vs Australia shots on goal 12:28PM 72 min France 1 Australia 1 Australia respond with a change of their own. Irvine of Hull replaces Rogic of Celtic to freshen up the Australia midfield. This game feels absolutely made for a Giroud winner by the way. 12:26PM 70 min France 1 Australia 1 Deschamps has finally had enough and makes a double change. Surprisingly it's Griezmann coming off for Giroud. Fekir also comes on, replacing Dembele. 12:23PM 67 min France 1 Australia 1 France look rattled by giving away such a monumentally stupid equaliser. Australia by contrast are full of confidence, zipping passes about. They couldn't pull off an almighty upset could they? 12:20PM 64 min France 1 Australia 1 Australia make a change - Juric on for Nabbout. Like for like change up front. 12:18PM 62 min GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! France 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen, 62) Jedinak cooly sends Lloris the wrong way, and we're level in Kazan! Credit: Getty Images 12:17PM 61 min France 1 Australia 0 It's all happening here! Mooy floats in another dangerous free-kick, which Umtiti punches away with his hand. What was he thinking? It's a penalty for Australia! Credit: AP 12:16PM 59 min France 1 Australia 0 France nearly double their lead straight away, but Griezmann pulls his shot just wide. And you're not going to believe this, but Mark Lawrenson in commentary doesn't agree with the decision and doesn't like VAR! 12:15PM 58 min GOAAAAAAAAAAL! France 1 Australia 0 (Griezmann pen, 58) Griezmann takes a short run-up and buries the penalty into the goalkeeper's left-hand corner. Brilliant penalty. Credit: Getty Images 12:13PM 56 min France 0 Australia 0 The ref gives the penalty after consulting the VAR! That looked very borderline but the correct decision has probably just about been reached. Risdon was last man but it's only a booking as the tackle was not a deliberate foul. The referee Andres Cunha consults the VAR 12:12PM 55 min France 0 Australia 0 Big moment here as Griezmann goes down in the box under Risdon's tackle. France want a penalty but the referee is unsure. He goes to the VAR! 12:10PM 54 min France 0 Australia 0 Oooh, Australia look dangerous but the ball won't drop for Nabbout in the box after some intricate passing down the right. Umtiti eventually hacks clear. Credit: AP 12:07PM 51 min France 0 Australia 0 After the joy of last night, this feels like the resulting hangover. France still really flat, and you feel Deschamps needs to make a change to re-energise the team. 12:05PM 48 min France 0 Australia 0 France playing with a bit more urgency at the start of the half, but still they can't carve open this resolute Aussie defence. 12:02PM 46 min France 0 Australia 0 We're back under way in Kazan. No changes for either side. 11:57AM Work for France to do Not a great half, truth be told. France started brightly but have since faded badly and looked completely bereft of ideas. Australia by contrast look like they know exactly what they're doing, and grew more and more comfortable as the match wore on. You'd expect Deschamps would turn to his bench and bring on one or more of Giroud, Lemar or Fekir if things don't change in the first 15 minutes or so of the second half. France vs Australia shots on goal 11:47AM Half-time: France 0 Australia 0 The half-time whistle blows. Australia manager Bert van Marwijk will be delighted with that; Didier Deschamps not so much. Credit: REUTERS 11:45AM 45+1 min France 0 Australia 0 Now it's Australia's turn to come forward, and Behich has a go from range but it flies high and wide. Just the one minute of time to be added on. 11:44AM 45 min France 0 Australia 0 Trent Sainsbury, who's also been very solid, does brilliantly to nip in and get a toe to the ball to deny Griezmann just inside the Australia penalty area. 11:43AM 43 min France 0 Australia 0 Milligan again does brilliantly to dispossess Dembele. Mooy then mops up and gets the ball clear. And that pretty much sums up the first half. 11:39AM 40 min France 0 Australia 0 Hernandez is down after a meaty challenge from Nabbout near the French corner flag. The Aussies not afraid to stick the boot in this half. 11:37AM 37 min France 0 Australia 0 Mooy gives the ball away to Mbappe but instantly wins it back with a perfectly-timed tackle. Mooy and Jedinak are forming a very effective shield in front of the Aussie back four. Credit: AFP 11:34AM 34 min France 0 Australia 0 France move through the gears and find the left-back Hernandez in space just inside the box. Hernandez whips a cross-shot in low, but Milligan gets another excellent block in. He and his fellow Aussie defenders have been immense so far. 11:31AM 31 min France 0 Australia 0 France very nearly get in behind, but Griezmann can't quite get Pogba's pass under control in the box. Australia survive. 11:28AM 29 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia growing in belief, and they win another free-kick in a dangerous area when Leckie is scythed down by Pogba. Mooy curls this one into the box from out wide on the right, but Lloris comes out and claims. In other news, I don't think I can take another hour of Mark Lawrenson. 11:25AM 26 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia are breaking the game up cleverly with lots of niggly fouls. This time it's the Celtic forward Rogic who pulls down Pavard. Credit: AP 11:22AM 23 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. Dembele then gets poleaxed by Sainsbury, but the referee inexplicably says no free-kick. 11:18AM 18 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia so nearly take the lead! Mooy's free-kick from the right is a horror to defend, and Tolisso very nearly turns it into his net. Lloris spares his blushes with an excellent save down to his left. Set pieces are where Australia are going to hurt France today. 11:15AM 15 min France 0 Australia 0 Another clipped ball over the top just evades Mbappe, whose movement is causing Australia real problems. Mbappe will surely make Australia pay sooner or later. 11:14AM 14 min France 0 Australia 0 Leckie is the first player into the book for a late tackle on Hernandez. Griezmann floats an inviting one in from the left-hand side about 40 yards out, which Mooy heads away well. Credit: AFP 11:12AM 12 min France 0 Australia 0 Behich bursts forward for Australia and wins a free-kick from Pavard. Mooy whips it in from the left-hand side but Leckie's header flies way over the bar. Still it's a first effort of the game from Australia. 11:10AM 11 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe can't quite latch onto Griezmann's clever flick as France build yet another attack. The Australian fans ironically cheer the team's every pass as they finally get a bit of possession. 11:08AM 9 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe's floated free-kick from the left-hand side drifts harmlessly into Ryan's arms. No respite for the Aussies at the moment. Mark Lawrenson is on co-comms incidentally. "It’s like being forced to watch the game with your really annoying out of touch uncle" says my brother. 11:06AM 7 min France 0 Australia 0 A delightful France move that starts with a gorgeous Mbappe flick ends with a Griezmann sighter from about 20 yards that again is straight down Ryan's throat. France well on top here, bright start. France vs Australia shots on goal 11:04AM 5 min France 0 Australia 0 Pogba takes the free-kick from about 25 yards but it's straight at Ryan, who makes a very comfortable save. 11:04AM 4 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia are sat very deep with everyone but Nabbout behind the ball. Mbappe is playing in the centre forward role for France, and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after drawing a foul from Milligan with a clever turn. 11:02AM 2 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe gets in behind the Australia defence and squeezes in a shot from a tight angle that Ryan beats away. 11:00AM Kick-off We're under way in Kazan. A reminder of the teams for this one: France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele. Australia: Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench for Australia. 10:57AM National anthem France belt out La Marseillaise - is there a fine anthem anywhere in the world? Not for me, Clive. Certainly not Advance Australia Fair, which is good, but nowhere near as epic. (And far less bloodthirsty). 10:51AM Attack vs defence We're expecting Australia - managed by Bert van Marwijk of Holland trying to kick Spain off the park in 2010 fame - to sit in deep and try and catch France on the break. An early France goal would force them out and open up the game nicely. Credit: AP 10:39AM France depth Amazing to think of the players France have on their bench - including Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Lemar and Nabil Fekir. That said the likes of Dimitri Payet, Alexandre Lacazette and Aymeric Laporte couldn't even make the squad. If Didier Deschamps can harness the monumental talent in his squad, they really should be making the semis at least. 10:26AM How to pick a World Cup winner If you haven't already, give this a read - an absolutely comprehensive analysis of how to pick a World Cup winner by sports data journalist Alistair Tweedale. So, will it be France? How to predict a World Cup winner 10:13AM That front three France's strikeforce of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele is just absurd. The three behind them of Kante, Pogba and Bayern Munich youngster Tolisso is also pretty formidable. For Australia there are a few familiar faces in the starting XI, including the Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy and Aston Villa enforcer Mile Jedinak. Excited for this, should be very good. Jim White's view from the press box Credit: Jim White 10:01AM Team news The starting XIs are in, and they are as follows: The teams are in for #FRAAUS �� pic.twitter.com/fnrkT1Iar9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018 Or in written form: France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele. Australia: Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 9:36AM Our man in Kazan has this dispatch Jim White writes: Kazan is full of Australia fans desperately looking for somewhere to buy sandpaper. Credit: Jim White 9:22AM The greatest show on earth continues Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of what looks like being a thoroughly enjoyable Group C match between France and Australia. If the match goes to expectations, it'll be a comfortable victory for the French, who on paper at least have one of the strongest squads in the tournament. The impressive Raphael Varane marshalls a solid-looking defence, which is protected by N'Golo Kante, who in turn allows Paul Pogba to bomb forward and join the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe up front. Any squad that has no room for Alexandre Lacazette, Kingsley Coman and Aymeric Laporte (to name just three of a host of stars) has to be taken pretty seriously. Australia on the other hand come into the tournament on the back of a pretty turbulent period thatonly saw manager Bert van Marwijk appointed in January after Ange Postecoglu quit at the end of last year. The Socceroos were also not especially impressive in qualifying, and needed extra time to scrape past Syria in the play-off stage. Antoine Griezmann is expected to be one of the stars of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Their squad is not at the level of years gone by when the likes of Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka were to the fore, though there is a familiar face in the squad in the shape of the evergreen Tim Cahill. Now 38, Cahill is the only 'unattached' player at the World Cup having been being released by Championship side Millwall in May. Amazingly, after netting at the last three World Cups, he could become just the fifth player ever to score at four separate finals if he nets in Russia over the next few weeks. The other four if you're interested are the German pair Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler, a certain Brazilian named Pele, and after last night's heroics Cristiano Ronaldo. Anyway, back to today's match. France will be keen to build some early momentum ahead of stiffer-looking tests against Denmark and Peru. Personally I would be very surprised if they didn't get the three points today - I'm going for a 3-0 France win.
France squeeze past Australia after VAR makes first critical World Cup intervention
In World Cups past this was a game France would have lost. But in the era of video assistant referees and goal-line technology, the latest innovations twice came to their assistance – first awarding them a penalty, then spotting their winning shot had crossed the line. It added up to a very 21st-century victory. And never mind the man of the match, in Paris already the process must be under way to award the video ref the Legion d’Honneur. “I’m not going to complain about VAR today because it was in our favour, obviously,” said the France manager, Didier Deschamps. “The referee did not see that there was a foul, he was able to correct his mistake. That is a good thing.” A good thing maybe. But how France needed the technological assistance. What heavy weather their much-vaunted team made of victory. Up against an Australian side superbly organised by Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy, how they struggled to find anything close to the sort of control their talent should be capable of seizing. “There were a lot of moments the players of France didn’t know what to do with themselves against us and that is a compliment nobody expected,” said the Australia coach, Bert van Marwijk. And he wasn’t wrong. Last seen in the World Cup as manager of a Holland side that besmirched the 2010 final with their chest-high tackling, Van Marwijk may have ushered out the era of Total Football but he knows how to organise a defence. How he must have thrilled to see the gold Australia shirts forming two solid lines in front of their goalkeeper, Brighton’s Matt Ryan. Here they were, with two Premier League players and the rest from football’s less visited outposts (Aston Villa and Celtic notwithstanding) matching some of the most celebrated players in world football. Snapping into tackles, spoiling, stretching every fibre to make last-ditch interceptions, their magnificently destructive effort was epitomised by Trent Sainsbury of Grasshoppers, who twice managed to get a leg in the way to divert the ball as Antoine Griezmann appeared to be heading goalwards. It was a hugely frustrating opening for France. Not least for their celebrated youthful forward line. It may be a bit early to make judgment as it is only the second time they have started a game together, but could it be that the combination of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele will turn out to be the Gallic equivalent of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, a natural combination on paper that falls apart on the grass? Here they were in Kazan, collectively worth more than the gross national product of a former Soviet Republic, giving new definition to the term underwhelming. The main problem was, like Gerrard and Lampard, they seemed to spend their time together converging on the same space. Paul Pogba's deflected effort squirms over the line Credit: REUTERS Deschamps had admitted in his pre-match press conference that there was a “traffic jam” issue with his front line. But his tactics did little to free up space for them. It took until the 58th minute before we saw hint of their potential. A superb ball from Paul Pogba unleashed Griezmann. Initially referee Andres Cunha seemed to believe that Joshua Risdon’s sliding tackle had plucked the ball off the Frenchman’s toes. But a word in his ear advised him to check the replay on the pitchside screens. Scrutiny of the slow motion suggested that Risdon caught Pogba’s trailing leg. “The ref needs to be 100 per cent honest. He was standing close to the penalty and said play on,” complained Van Marwijk. But it was hard to argue the decision was not the right one, however inadvertently Risdon had tripped the forward. Griezmann stepped up perfectly to execute the spot-kick, a moment which, after his recent foray into film making, he will doubtless be marking with the imminent release of a feature length documentary. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article France’s lead lasted no more than four minutes, however. Mooy floated in a free-kick which, for some reason Samuel Umtiti decided to punch away. There was no need for VAR this time. And Mile Jedinak calmly gave Australia deserved parity. By now, Deschamps had tired of his front three. He took off Griezmann and Dembele and sent on Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir. It was Giroud who made the most obvious difference. Pogba, who was growing in authority, strode forward and played the ball into Mbappe, who returned the pass to the advancing midfielder. Pogba then played another sharp one-two with Giroud. And, as he shaped to shoot, the ball cannoned off the foot of Aziz Behich, bounced off the bar and down before ending up in Ryan’s arms. Once again technology intervened. The watch on Senor Cunha’s wrist buzzed to indicate the ball had crossed the line. It may have been a scrappy finish, it may have been improper reward for Australia’s wholehearted endeavour, but the build-up gave telling indication of France’s attacking potential. Deschamps must be hoping that from now on they can rely on that without recourse to the video suite. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 1:26PM Next up in Group C Is Peru vs Denmark at 5pm this afternoon. France will be in action next on Thursday afternoon against Peru. You'd expect Deschamps and his team will come in for a lot of criticism over the coming days for this afternoon's insipid display. Credit: REUTERS 1:08PM Stat pack Thanks to our pals at Opta, here are some stats to get your teeth from the game. This is the fourth successive World Cup that France have started the tournament unbeaten (W2 D2 L0), last losing in 2002 against Senegal. Australia have lost four of their five opening World Cup games, with their only win coming against Japan in 2006. France have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last seven international games, against Republic of Ireland in May. All four of Australian Mat Ryan’s saves vs France came in the opening eight minutes, with the keeper conceding the next two shots on target faced. The two penalties scored in the game between France and Australia were only four minutes, seven seconds apart - the shortest period of time between two penalties being scored by different sides in a World Cup match. Credit: AFP France v Australia became the first World Cup match since Senegal v Uruguay in World Cup 2002 to see both teams score a penalty in normal time. France are unbeaten in the 18 games that Antoine Griezmann has scored in (W16 D2 L0). Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of France's last 13 goals in major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), with seven goals and two assists. The average age of France’s starting XI (24y 196d) was their youngest in a World Cup match since July 1930 vs Chile. At 19 years and 178 days old, Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to make an appearance at a major tournament for France (World Cup and European Championships). Daniel Arzani has become the youngest player to ever make a World Cup appearance for Australia (19y 163d). 1:01PM Technology wins the day First VAR, and then goal-line technology had a hand in France's goals. The first one was debatable but in my mind probably the right call; the second was a reminder of how invaluable goal-line technology is. Imagine if France hadn't won because the linesman hadn't spotted the ball crossed the line? Credit: Getty Images 12:52PM Full-time - France 2 Australia 1 That's it! France have beaten Australia 2-1. 12:51PM 90+5 min France 2 Australia 1 Behich hauls in a long throw for Australia, but Pavard hacks the ball away. 12:49PM 90+3 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia in possession but no penetration as yet. 12:47PM 90 min France 2 Australia 1 Five minutes of time to be added on. 12:46PM 89 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia look pretty spent here. Can they dig into their reserves and lift themselves for one last effort? They get a big let-off after Mbappe, Fekir and Pogba make a mess of a France counter. 12:44PM 87 min France 2 Australia 1 Behich goes into the book for bringing down Fekir after getting the wrong side of the Lyon forward. 12:43PM 86 min France 2 Australia 1 Goal-line technology absolutely invaluable for Pogba's goal, as the ball was only over the line by millimetres. Lawro of course complained about it. Genuinely. 12:41PM 83 min France 2 Australia 1 Australia change - Kruse off for Arzani. What do the Aussies have left? 12:38PM 80 min GOOOOAAAAAAAAL France 2 Australia 1 (Pogba 80') What a crazy goal. Pogba bursts into the box, and is tackled by the luckless Behich, who inadvertently deflects the ball into his own goal. The ball actually bounces off the bar and into Ryan's hands, but the goal-line technology says goal. The stadium announcer says it's Pogba's goal but that will surely ultimately be given as an OG? France 2 - 1 Australia (Paul Pogba, 80 min) 12:34PM 78 min France 1 Australia 1 France make their final change - Mutuidi on for Tolisso. 12:33PM 76 min France 1 Australia 1 Yellow card for Tolisso after cynically chopping down Juric, who was breaking clear for Australia. 12:29PM 73 min France 1 Australia 1 A France corner is cleared to Pavan, who attempts a David Platt-style scissor kick from 25 yards out. Fair to say it doesn't go quite as planned and skews well wide. France vs Australia shots on goal 12:28PM 72 min France 1 Australia 1 Australia respond with a change of their own. Irvine of Hull replaces Rogic of Celtic to freshen up the Australia midfield. This game feels absolutely made for a Giroud winner by the way. 12:26PM 70 min France 1 Australia 1 Deschamps has finally had enough and makes a double change. Surprisingly it's Griezmann coming off for Giroud. Fekir also comes on, replacing Dembele. 12:23PM 67 min France 1 Australia 1 France look rattled by giving away such a monumentally stupid equaliser. Australia by contrast are full of confidence, zipping passes about. They couldn't pull off an almighty upset could they? 12:20PM 64 min France 1 Australia 1 Australia make a change - Juric on for Nabbout. Like for like change up front. 12:18PM 62 min GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! France 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen, 62) Jedinak cooly sends Lloris the wrong way, and we're level in Kazan! Credit: Getty Images 12:17PM 61 min France 1 Australia 0 It's all happening here! Mooy floats in another dangerous free-kick, which Umtiti punches away with his hand. What was he thinking? It's a penalty for Australia! Credit: AP 12:16PM 59 min France 1 Australia 0 France nearly double their lead straight away, but Griezmann pulls his shot just wide. And you're not going to believe this, but Mark Lawrenson in commentary doesn't agree with the decision and doesn't like VAR! 12:15PM 58 min GOAAAAAAAAAAL! France 1 Australia 0 (Griezmann pen, 58) Griezmann takes a short run-up and buries the penalty into the goalkeeper's left-hand corner. Brilliant penalty. Credit: Getty Images 12:13PM 56 min France 0 Australia 0 The ref gives the penalty after consulting the VAR! That looked very borderline but the correct decision has probably just about been reached. Risdon was last man but it's only a booking as the tackle was not a deliberate foul. The referee Andres Cunha consults the VAR 12:12PM 55 min France 0 Australia 0 Big moment here as Griezmann goes down in the box under Risdon's tackle. France want a penalty but the referee is unsure. He goes to the VAR! 12:10PM 54 min France 0 Australia 0 Oooh, Australia look dangerous but the ball won't drop for Nabbout in the box after some intricate passing down the right. Umtiti eventually hacks clear. Credit: AP 12:07PM 51 min France 0 Australia 0 After the joy of last night, this feels like the resulting hangover. France still really flat, and you feel Deschamps needs to make a change to re-energise the team. 12:05PM 48 min France 0 Australia 0 France playing with a bit more urgency at the start of the half, but still they can't carve open this resolute Aussie defence. 12:02PM 46 min France 0 Australia 0 We're back under way in Kazan. No changes for either side. 11:57AM Work for France to do Not a great half, truth be told. France started brightly but have since faded badly and looked completely bereft of ideas. Australia by contrast look like they know exactly what they're doing, and grew more and more comfortable as the match wore on. You'd expect Deschamps would turn to his bench and bring on one or more of Giroud, Lemar or Fekir if things don't change in the first 15 minutes or so of the second half. France vs Australia shots on goal 11:47AM Half-time: France 0 Australia 0 The half-time whistle blows. Australia manager Bert van Marwijk will be delighted with that; Didier Deschamps not so much. Credit: REUTERS 11:45AM 45+1 min France 0 Australia 0 Now it's Australia's turn to come forward, and Behich has a go from range but it flies high and wide. Just the one minute of time to be added on. 11:44AM 45 min France 0 Australia 0 Trent Sainsbury, who's also been very solid, does brilliantly to nip in and get a toe to the ball to deny Griezmann just inside the Australia penalty area. 11:43AM 43 min France 0 Australia 0 Milligan again does brilliantly to dispossess Dembele. Mooy then mops up and gets the ball clear. And that pretty much sums up the first half. 11:39AM 40 min France 0 Australia 0 Hernandez is down after a meaty challenge from Nabbout near the French corner flag. The Aussies not afraid to stick the boot in this half. 11:37AM 37 min France 0 Australia 0 Mooy gives the ball away to Mbappe but instantly wins it back with a perfectly-timed tackle. Mooy and Jedinak are forming a very effective shield in front of the Aussie back four. Credit: AFP 11:34AM 34 min France 0 Australia 0 France move through the gears and find the left-back Hernandez in space just inside the box. Hernandez whips a cross-shot in low, but Milligan gets another excellent block in. He and his fellow Aussie defenders have been immense so far. 11:31AM 31 min France 0 Australia 0 France very nearly get in behind, but Griezmann can't quite get Pogba's pass under control in the box. Australia survive. 11:28AM 29 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia growing in belief, and they win another free-kick in a dangerous area when Leckie is scythed down by Pogba. Mooy curls this one into the box from out wide on the right, but Lloris comes out and claims. In other news, I don't think I can take another hour of Mark Lawrenson. 11:25AM 26 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia are breaking the game up cleverly with lots of niggly fouls. This time it's the Celtic forward Rogic who pulls down Pavard. Credit: AP 11:22AM 23 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. Dembele then gets poleaxed by Sainsbury, but the referee inexplicably says no free-kick. 11:18AM 18 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia so nearly take the lead! Mooy's free-kick from the right is a horror to defend, and Tolisso very nearly turns it into his net. Lloris spares his blushes with an excellent save down to his left. Set pieces are where Australia are going to hurt France today. 11:15AM 15 min France 0 Australia 0 Another clipped ball over the top just evades Mbappe, whose movement is causing Australia real problems. Mbappe will surely make Australia pay sooner or later. 11:14AM 14 min France 0 Australia 0 Leckie is the first player into the book for a late tackle on Hernandez. Griezmann floats an inviting one in from the left-hand side about 40 yards out, which Mooy heads away well. Credit: AFP 11:12AM 12 min France 0 Australia 0 Behich bursts forward for Australia and wins a free-kick from Pavard. Mooy whips it in from the left-hand side but Leckie's header flies way over the bar. Still it's a first effort of the game from Australia. 11:10AM 11 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe can't quite latch onto Griezmann's clever flick as France build yet another attack. The Australian fans ironically cheer the team's every pass as they finally get a bit of possession. 11:08AM 9 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe's floated free-kick from the left-hand side drifts harmlessly into Ryan's arms. No respite for the Aussies at the moment. Mark Lawrenson is on co-comms incidentally. "It’s like being forced to watch the game with your really annoying out of touch uncle" says my brother. 11:06AM 7 min France 0 Australia 0 A delightful France move that starts with a gorgeous Mbappe flick ends with a Griezmann sighter from about 20 yards that again is straight down Ryan's throat. France well on top here, bright start. France vs Australia shots on goal 11:04AM 5 min France 0 Australia 0 Pogba takes the free-kick from about 25 yards but it's straight at Ryan, who makes a very comfortable save. 11:04AM 4 min France 0 Australia 0 Australia are sat very deep with everyone but Nabbout behind the ball. Mbappe is playing in the centre forward role for France, and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after drawing a foul from Milligan with a clever turn. 11:02AM 2 min France 0 Australia 0 Mbappe gets in behind the Australia defence and squeezes in a shot from a tight angle that Ryan beats away. 11:00AM Kick-off We're under way in Kazan. A reminder of the teams for this one: France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele. Australia: Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench for Australia. 10:57AM National anthem France belt out La Marseillaise - is there a fine anthem anywhere in the world? Not for me, Clive. Certainly not Advance Australia Fair, which is good, but nowhere near as epic. (And far less bloodthirsty). 10:51AM Attack vs defence We're expecting Australia - managed by Bert van Marwijk of Holland trying to kick Spain off the park in 2010 fame - to sit in deep and try and catch France on the break. An early France goal would force them out and open up the game nicely. Credit: AP 10:39AM France depth Amazing to think of the players France have on their bench - including Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Lemar and Nabil Fekir. That said the likes of Dimitri Payet, Alexandre Lacazette and Aymeric Laporte couldn't even make the squad. If Didier Deschamps can harness the monumental talent in his squad, they really should be making the semis at least. 10:26AM How to pick a World Cup winner If you haven't already, give this a read - an absolutely comprehensive analysis of how to pick a World Cup winner by sports data journalist Alistair Tweedale. So, will it be France? How to predict a World Cup winner 10:13AM That front three France's strikeforce of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele is just absurd. The three behind them of Kante, Pogba and Bayern Munich youngster Tolisso is also pretty formidable. For Australia there are a few familiar faces in the starting XI, including the Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy and Aston Villa enforcer Mile Jedinak. Excited for this, should be very good. Jim White's view from the press box Credit: Jim White 10:01AM Team news The starting XIs are in, and they are as follows: The teams are in for #FRAAUS �� pic.twitter.com/fnrkT1Iar9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018 Or in written form: France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele. Australia: Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 9:36AM Our man in Kazan has this dispatch Jim White writes: Kazan is full of Australia fans desperately looking for somewhere to buy sandpaper. Credit: Jim White 9:22AM The greatest show on earth continues Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of what looks like being a thoroughly enjoyable Group C match between France and Australia. If the match goes to expectations, it'll be a comfortable victory for the French, who on paper at least have one of the strongest squads in the tournament. The impressive Raphael Varane marshalls a solid-looking defence, which is protected by N'Golo Kante, who in turn allows Paul Pogba to bomb forward and join the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe up front. Any squad that has no room for Alexandre Lacazette, Kingsley Coman and Aymeric Laporte (to name just three of a host of stars) has to be taken pretty seriously. Australia on the other hand come into the tournament on the back of a pretty turbulent period thatonly saw manager Bert van Marwijk appointed in January after Ange Postecoglu quit at the end of last year. The Socceroos were also not especially impressive in qualifying, and needed extra time to scrape past Syria in the play-off stage. Antoine Griezmann is expected to be one of the stars of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Their squad is not at the level of years gone by when the likes of Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka were to the fore, though there is a familiar face in the squad in the shape of the evergreen Tim Cahill. Now 38, Cahill is the only 'unattached' player at the World Cup having been being released by Championship side Millwall in May. Amazingly, after netting at the last three World Cups, he could become just the fifth player ever to score at four separate finals if he nets in Russia over the next few weeks. The other four if you're interested are the German pair Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler, a certain Brazilian named Pele, and after last night's heroics Cristiano Ronaldo. Anyway, back to today's match. France will be keen to build some early momentum ahead of stiffer-looking tests against Denmark and Peru. Personally I would be very surprised if they didn't get the three points today - I'm going for a 3-0 France win.