Tuesday June 19 2018
Sanchez off as Japan beat Colombia

Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez picked up the second-fastest red card in World Cup history during Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to Japan on Tuesday.

Sanchez took just four minutes to be given his marching orders as he deliberately stopped a shot going in with his arm, allowing Shinji Kagawa to score from the penalty spot.

Only Jose Alberto Batista was sent off at a World Cup quicker than the former Aston Villa man, the Uruguayan seeing red just 54 seconds into a World Cup match against Scotland at Mexico 1986.

Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado was to be the player sacrificed as he made way for Boca Juniors’ Wilmar Barrios on the half-hour mark.

Former Pescara attacker Juan Quintero started ahead of James Rodriguez, and he pulled one back for Colombia with a free kick, which crept in under the wall.

However, Japan were to win only their fifth World Cup game as Yuto Osako headed a corner in off the post with 17 minutes left on the clock.

Colombia 1-2 Japan

Quintero 39 (C) Kagawa pen 6, Osako 73 (J)

Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Davinson, Murillo, Mojica; Lerma, Carlos Sanchez; Cuadrado (Barrios 31), Quintero (James 59), Izquierdo (Bacca 70); Falcao

Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki (Yamaguchi 80), Hasebe; Haraguchi, Kagawa (Honda 70), Inui; Osako (Okazaki 85)

Referee: Skomina (SLO)