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Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run on a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run on a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
As part of a Father's Day celebration, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) and relief pitcher Tom Koehler walk onto the field with their children before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
As part of a Father's Day celebration, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) and relief pitcher Tom Koehler walk onto the field with their children before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates his two-run home run with Anthony Rendon (6) during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates his two-run home run with Anthony Rendon (6) during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, front, doubles over as he is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cubs INF Baez feeling better after hit by pitch
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, front, doubles over as he is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cubs INF Baez feeling better after hit by pitch
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada after Moncada tried to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada after Moncada tried to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Abreu was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Abreu was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, celebrates with Rajai Davis after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, celebrates with Rajai Davis after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Rajai Davis steals to second base as Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson waits for the ball in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Second base umpire Will Little watches. Davis was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Rajai Davis steals to second base as Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson waits for the ball in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Second base umpire Will Little watches. Davis was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez hits an RBI-single off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Evan Marshall in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Adam Engel scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez hits an RBI-single off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Evan Marshall in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Adam Engel scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson strikes out swinging in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson strikes out swinging in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a ground rule double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a ground rule double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey, right, waits for Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, to run the bases after Kipnis hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey, right, waits for Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, to run the bases after Kipnis hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) hugs Alex Bregman (2) after Bregman hit a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) hugs Alex Bregman (2) after Bregman hit a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Tony Kemp, left, beats Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters to first base for a hit during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Tony Kemp, left, beats Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters to first base for a hit during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos, left, celebrates with Jake Bauers after both scored on Ramos' home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos, left, celebrates with Jake Bauers after both scored on Ramos' home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman points to dugout after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman points to dugout after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches the flight of a home run ball hit off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Nimmo, Mets finally support deGrom in 12-2 win over Rockies
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches the flight of a home run ball hit off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
Poland vs Senegal, World Cup 2018 Group H clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV1 Colombia vs Japan, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor - simulate your tournament here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:32PM Patrice Evra on Senegal "Don't forget about Koulibaly. Sarri made him improve a lot, he's really cool with the ball and is a massive asset for them." 3:30PM Slaven Bilic likes the look of Senegal The ITV panel are discussing how good Senegal might be. "They have something different," is Bilic's take on it. 3:27PM The World Cup in pictures This is lovely wee gallery to have a look through: Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 3:17PM Jamie Carragher on England last night Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Our expert columnist has had his say on Raheem Sterling vs Marcus Rashford. 3:14PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 3:02PM Poland players inspecting the pitch There they are. Looking for holes and trying to find any bits of the pitch that will make the ball go super fast. 3:00PM Starting lineups Poland Szczesny, Pazdan, Cionek, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Rybus, Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Pirszczek Senegal KH. Ndiaye; Koulibaly, Gana, Sane, Diouf, Mane, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, M. Wague 2:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Spartak Stadium We're in Moscow this afternoon/evening at what is usually Spartak Moscow's stadium. It looks a little something like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES A bit like a multiplex cinema at a seaside resort. 2:43PM Senegal fans! Credit: TASS This is the first Senegal strip or flag I've seen in any of the pre-match build up photographs. Love that Senegal kit. 2:34PM What to expect from today Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Poland and Senegal's first match of the 2018 World Cup! It's a tough one to call and both teams might fancy their chances of getting all three points today - both have some really talented players and are capable of causing damage! Poland's best ever performance at the World Cup was in 1986 when they reached the semi-final: World Cup record: Poland Robert Lewandowski is by far their best player and at 29, is at peak age for a striker. This will surely be his last World Cup as one of the planet's greatest forwards though and Poland must ensure they give him enough ammunition to get every ounce of attacking talent squeezed out of him That's not to say Poland aren't decent elsewhere. Wijciech Szczesny has turned into an excellent goalkeeper, Kamil Glik won Ligue 1 with Monaco not long ago and Arkadiusz Milik has high potential. He currently plays for Napoli and big things are expected. World Cup record: Senegal Senegal's history in the competition isn't quite as impressive and aside from that brief 2002 foray to the quarter-finals, they haven't been anywhere near it. There are some great players in the current side though - Kalidou Koulibaly is a great defender, Idrissa Gueye is like a lesser-known N'Golo Kante and you might be rather familiar with Sadio Mane. There's a lot of creativity, some midfield steel and a lot of pace in this team but Poland will be aware of it. I'd imagine Poland will look to contain the game, attack down the wings and hook crosses in for Lewandowski but will defend deep and deny space for the likes of Mane and Keita Balde to exploit on the counter. Team news will be with us very shortly so make sure you stick around to get all the updates, buildup and analysis you could possibly need. And as if this game wasn't already interesting, at the moment it looks like the unfancied Japan are about to do a number on Colombia! They're winning 2-1 with a man advantage just now - this could flip the outcome of the group.
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
¿Quién es Bolillo Gómez, el alumno más avanzado de Pacho Maturana?
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
¿Quién es Bolillo Gómez, el alumno más avanzado de Pacho Maturana?
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
¿Quién es Bolillo Gómez, el alumno más avanzado de Pacho Maturana?
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
¿Quién es Bolillo Gómez, el alumno más avanzado de Pacho Maturana?
El DT colombiano logró clasificar a Panamá a un Mundial por primera ocasión en su historia.
The Pharaohs are in dire need of a win against Russia on Tuesday to stand a chance to reach the World Cup knockout phase
Egypt will fight hard to qualify – Mohamed Elneny
The Pharaohs are in dire need of a win against Russia on Tuesday to stand a chance to reach the World Cup knockout phase
The Pharaohs are in dire need of a win against Russia on Tuesday to stand a chance to reach the World Cup knockout phase
Egypt will fight hard to qualify – Mohamed Elneny
The Pharaohs are in dire need of a win against Russia on Tuesday to stand a chance to reach the World Cup knockout phase
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What VAR has got right - and wrong - in the 2018 World Cup so far
The World Cup has been plagued by video technology controversies, culminating in Harry Kane being denied two penalties in England’s win over Tunisia. Here, Telegraph Sport looks at where Video Assistant Referees have got it right - and wrong. Decision not given by referee and not overturned Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground in the first half of England’s win over Tunisia. However, John Stones also pushed a Tunisia defender, arguably nullifying any penalty call. Verdict: Correct decision. Kane was denied a spot-kick after being bundled over again in the box in the second half but images indicate he also had hold of his opponent’s arm. Verdict: Inconclusive. Harry Kane of England and Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clash during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Diego Costa’s first goal in Spain’s draw with Portugal saw neither the referee nor the VAR deem he had definitely fouled Pepe. Verdict: Correct decision. Diego Costa of Spain battles for possession with Pepe of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain Credit: Simon Hofmann/FIFA Cristian Pavon’s penalty appeal was dismissed after he went down under a challenge from Birkir Saevarsson in Argentina’s draw against Iceland. Verdict: Wrong decision. Argentina's Cristian Pavon goes down in the penalty area after a challenge by Iceland's Birkir Mar Saevarsson Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters Steven Zuber’s equaliser in Switzerland’s draw with Brazil was allowed to stand despite the goalscorer pushing Miranda. Verdict: Wrong decision. Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal in their 2018 Russia World Cup opener against Brazil Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters Decision not given by referee but overturned on review A tackle on France’s Antoine Griezmann by Australia’s Josh Risdon was initially deemed fair by the referee before he watched a replay and changed his mind. Verdict: Correct decision. Australia's Joshua Risdon, left, tackles France's Antoine Griezmann, second left conceding a penalty kick for France during the group C match between France and Australia Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP A trip on Peru’s Christian Cueva by Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was missed by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark tackles Christian Cueva of Peru leading to a penalty given to Peru Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serbia’s Aleksandar Prijovic was booked following a video review after catching Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand. Verdict: Correct decision. A challenge on Sweden’s Viktor Claesson by South Korea’s Kim Min-woo was initially deemed fair by the referee, who watched a replay before awarding a penalty. Verdict: Correct decision. Kim Min-Woo of Korea Republic fouls Viktor Claesson of Sweden inside the box Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Decision given by referee and not overturned Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty after being brought down by Nacho in the Portugal-Spain game. Verdict: Correct decision. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Spain's Nacho in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/Getty Images Argentina’s Sergio Aguero was awarded a penalty after being pushed over by Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson. Verdict: Correct decision. Argentina's Sergio Aguero, centre, vies for the ball with Iceland's Albert Gudmundsson, left, and Hordur Magnusson Credit: Victor Caivano/AP Croatia were awarded a penalty when Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong manhandled Mario Mandzukic at a corner. Verdict: Correct decision. Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong (R) makes a fault on Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic Credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Decision given by referee but overturned on review There have been no such incidents so far. They would include a disallowed goal or penalty award being overturned or a red card being rescinded on review. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to host disgraced ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter for two games during the World Cup.
Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be a guest of Vladimir Putin at two World Cup games
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to host disgraced ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter for two games during the World Cup.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to host disgraced ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter for two games during the World Cup.
Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be a guest of Vladimir Putin at two World Cup games
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to host disgraced ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter for two games during the World Cup.
South African athlete Caster Semenya, who has undergone several sex tests since her first title in 2009, says current rules are discriminatory and violate the IAAF's Constitution and the Olympic Charter (AFP Photo/ROBERT MICHAEL)
South African athlete Caster Semenya, who has undergone several sex tests since her first title in 2009, says current rules are discriminatory and violate the IAAF's Constitution and the Olympic Charter
South African athlete Caster Semenya, who has undergone several sex tests since her first title in 2009, says current rules are discriminatory and violate the IAAF's Constitution and the Olympic Charter (AFP Photo/ROBERT MICHAEL)
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue está fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue está fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue está fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue está fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, donde se jugará Argentina-Croacia y concentra Uruguay, en la radio suena música electrónica y el cemento sigue fresco.
Los cafeteros ahora deben estar pendientes del otro partido del Grupo H para analizar sus posibilidades de clasificación.
¿Qué resultado le conviene a Colombia en Polonia vs. Senegal?
Los cafeteros ahora deben estar pendientes del otro partido del Grupo H para analizar sus posibilidades de clasificación.
Los cafeteros ahora deben estar pendientes del otro partido del Grupo H para analizar sus posibilidades de clasificación.
¿Qué resultado le conviene a Colombia en Polonia vs. Senegal?
Los cafeteros ahora deben estar pendientes del otro partido del Grupo H para analizar sus posibilidades de clasificación.
Gil Marín confesó que podrían demandar al club azulgrana por negociar con el francés bajo contrato en vigor.
El Atlético valora denunciar al Barcelona por Griezmann: "Tenemos pruebas"
Gil Marín confesó que podrían demandar al club azulgrana por negociar con el francés bajo contrato en vigor.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Los cracks de Colombia que afrontarían su último Mundial en Rusia 2018
Varios de los referentes de la Tricolor no alcanzarían a llegar a la Copa Mundo de Qatar 2022.
Cinco meses de suplencias y de ausencia de las listas en el club catalán han acabado por quitarle la titularidad en la zaga de la selección colombiana
El Barcelona no le sienta bien a Yerry Mina
Cinco meses de suplencias y de ausencia de las listas en el club catalán han acabado por quitarle la titularidad en la zaga de la selección colombiana
After missing Monday's training following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil's star player and talisman Neymar limped out on Tuesday.
Neymar hobbles out of Brazil World Cup training
After missing Monday's training following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil's star player and talisman Neymar limped out on Tuesday.
Following two contentious incidents in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil have written to FIFA to ask for explanation on VAR usage
Brazil demand explanation from FIFA for VAR controversy with Switzerland
Following two contentious incidents in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil have written to FIFA to ask for explanation on VAR usage
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Crónica Flash: Colombia 1-2 Japón
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Crónica Flash: Colombia 1-2 Japón
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Crónica Flash: Colombia 1-2 Japón
Japón da la sorpresa y derrota a la Colombia de Falcao
Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia (AFP Photo/Mladen ANTONOV)
Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia
Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia (AFP Photo/Mladen ANTONOV)
Nabil Fekir has rejected claims of a long-standing knee problem after his move from Lyon to Liverpool was aborted. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder appeared set to move to Anfield, only for OL to call off negotiations prior to the World Cup. Fekir faced the media on Tuesday, denying reports of a chronic problem after a serious knee injury in 2015 and insisting his focus was on France's World Cup campaign. "My knee is great. Honestly, I feel like before my injury," Fekir told a media conference, according to lequipe.fr. Fekir was also questioned about the reported presence of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in Russia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article He added: "I am with the France team, I am happy to be here. I'm not here to talk about my personal situation. We'll see later." Les Bleus won their opening game, 2-1 against Australia and play Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday. Raphael Varane was quick to accentuate the positive after some media criticism of Les Bleus' performance against the Socceroos, appearing to take exception to a question about the role of Manchester United's Paul Pogba. "A lot of negative is said, it's a reality," Real Madrid defender Varane said. "We all seek to retain the positive. Often, we talk about more negative things. Pick your France XI for World Cup 2018 "But he is not resentful, he remains positive anyway. "If you (the media) could be a little more positive, it would be cool." Varane acknowledged France must improve, but reminded his audience that Les Bleus won, while Argentina, Germany and Brazil did not. "We will have to increase in intensity," he added. "We also saw good things. It is not easy to enter this competition. "We saw that other teams announced as favourites did not win, or lost. We won."
Nabil Fekir denies knee problem ended transfer plans with Liverpool
Nabil Fekir has rejected claims of a long-standing knee problem after his move from Lyon to Liverpool was aborted. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder appeared set to move to Anfield, only for OL to call off negotiations prior to the World Cup. Fekir faced the media on Tuesday, denying reports of a chronic problem after a serious knee injury in 2015 and insisting his focus was on France's World Cup campaign. "My knee is great. Honestly, I feel like before my injury," Fekir told a media conference, according to lequipe.fr. Fekir was also questioned about the reported presence of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in Russia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article He added: "I am with the France team, I am happy to be here. I'm not here to talk about my personal situation. We'll see later." Les Bleus won their opening game, 2-1 against Australia and play Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday. Raphael Varane was quick to accentuate the positive after some media criticism of Les Bleus' performance against the Socceroos, appearing to take exception to a question about the role of Manchester United's Paul Pogba. "A lot of negative is said, it's a reality," Real Madrid defender Varane said. "We all seek to retain the positive. Often, we talk about more negative things. Pick your France XI for World Cup 2018 "But he is not resentful, he remains positive anyway. "If you (the media) could be a little more positive, it would be cool." Varane acknowledged France must improve, but reminded his audience that Les Bleus won, while Argentina, Germany and Brazil did not. "We will have to increase in intensity," he added. "We also saw good things. It is not easy to enter this competition. "We saw that other teams announced as favourites did not win, or lost. We won."
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Dodgers-Cubs game was postponed by rain and faulty lighting
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Dodgers-Cubs game was postponed by rain and faulty lighting
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Dodgers-Cubs game was postponed by rain and faulty lighting
Thirty years in and the Baseball Gods STILL do not like night baseball at Wrigley Field
Otieno is yet to feature for the club since returning from India with the Harambee Stars squad
Is the arrival of Edward Seda set to trigger the exit of AFC Leopards star Duncan Otieno?
Otieno is yet to feature for the club since returning from India with the Harambee Stars squad
His value took a serious hit.
Trade: Sens send Hoffman to Sharks for underwhelming return
His value took a serious hit.
His value took a serious hit.
Trade: Sens send Hoffman to Sharks for underwhelming return
His value took a serious hit.
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Andy Murray vs Nick Kyrgios, Queen's 2018 - live score updates
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Andy Murray vs Nick Kyrgios, Queen's 2018 - live score updates
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Andy Murray vs Nick Kyrgios, Queen's 2018 - live score updates
Murray playing first match for 11 months Match follows Djokovic v Millman, which started at 2.30pm Murray v Kyrgios expected to start at around 4pm We must give Murray time, says Tim Henman Kyrgios welcomes back 'awesome' Murray 3:09PM Murray speaks This is Andy talking through his return to tennis at Queen's yesterday. 3:06PM One set down, one to go? Djokovic has taken the first set 6-2 against Millman. Should the Serb win the next one and wrap it up in straights then Murray and Kyrgios will be on shortly. 2:15PM One down, one to go Dimitrov has just beaten Dzumhur 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Next up it will be Djokovic vs Millman, and Murray v Kyrgios will follow that. So a 4/4.30pm start for Andy looks likely. The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray Credit: AFP 1:44PM Still going The first match of the day - Dzumhur vs Dimitrov - has just gone into a third set. There's then Djokovic vs Millman to follow that, so Murray vs Kyrgios is looking like more of a 4pm start. 12:01PM He's back At long, long last. 342 days since he last played a professional tennis match, Andy Murray will take to the court today to face Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club. It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for. Murray played a few practice sets over the weekend and came through unscathed before deciding to compete this week, but he admitted on Saturday that he has "zero expectations" for the grass-court season. According to former British No. 1 Tim Henman, just getting through the next couple of weeks feeling pain-free would be a fantastic result for Murray, regardless of how far he gets at Queen's and Wimbledon. The reality is that no-one, probably Murray included, really knows what to expect. And that sense of uncertainty is heightened by the man standing on the other side of the net today - the mercurial Kyrgios. Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings Credit: AFP Amazingly Murray has beaten Kyrgios in all five of their previous meetings, with the pair's close relationship seeming to prevent the Aussie from producing his best tennis whenever they have met. Kyrgios has had plenty of his own injury worries over the last year - including hip and elbow problems - but he must come into today fancying his chances of finally ending that Murray hoodoo. To do so Kyrgios must also lay to rest another strange jinx, which is that for all his grass-court pedigree he has lost each of the three matches he has played at Queen's. Admittedly there have been some horror draws in there, but it's a sequence Kyrgios will be looking to end this afternoon. Peronally, I would be amazed if he didn't win quite comfortably today. Murray has pulled off so many miracles throughout his career but in this instance we should not be expecting too much just yet.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergio Busquets, Koke, Sergio Ramos and team mates REUTERS/Murad Sezer
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergio Busquets, Koke, Sergio Ramos and team mates REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal REUTERS/Carlos Barria
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Spain's Nacho celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal REUTERS/Carlos Barria
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
Socialeyesed - England fans go crazy!
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
Socialeyesed - England fans go crazy!
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
Socialeyesed - England fans go crazy!
England fans lost their minds as their team won their opening World Cup game - take a look at some of the crazy scenes from across the country.
Thanks, Vegas.
Salary-cap increase makes for ‘more fun’ NHL offseason
Thanks, Vegas.
Thanks, Vegas.
Salary-cap increase makes for ‘more fun’ NHL offseason
Thanks, Vegas.
Gernot Rohr’s men started their campaign in the tournament with defeat and are hoping to return to winning ways against Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men
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Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez gets World Cup's first red card as Japan cause Group H upset
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Yuya Osako's 73-minute header handed Japan a perfect start to the 2018 World Cup over 10-man Colombia. Carlos Sanchez was handed the first red card of this summer's tournament - and the second quickest in World Cup history - after deliberately handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute of the game. Shinji Kagawa slotted home the resulting penalty to put Japan ahead. Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break. But Japan would make their man advantage count when Osako jumped highest to guide Keisuke Honda's corner home. Poland and Senegal, also in Group H and the final two teams not yet so start their World Cup, kick off at 4pm. 3:12PM Thanks for following this one with me May I suggest that you Follow Poland vs Senegal with JJ Bull here It's absolutely tipping it down in Russia outside the BBC studio, so much so that you cannot hear Dan Walker and Phil Neville speak! Credit: BBC And on that happy note, I bid you good afternoon! 3:11PM England from last night England vs Tunisia Player ratings 3:06PM Matrix James Baffled by the analysis of James’ chance v Japan. “He should’ve done better”, “huge chance” - it’s a sensational block. As far as I know, James can’t control physics like The Matrix. #COLJPN#WorldCup— Kevin Hatchard ��⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) June 19, 2018 3:02PM James Sorry to say, this was James's most significant moment Credit: AP 3:00PM Colombia shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:58PM Japan shots Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 2:55PM Japanese lads very emotional at the end, some of them in tears. Not just an excellent win but, perhaps, thoughts of folks back home after the recent earthquake? 2:53PM Full time: Colombia 1 Japan 2 Well done Japan! A famous victory from the underdogs. 2:52PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oooh but here is a chance for Colombia as the break, with some numbers... but that's a rotten effort at a cross from Bacca. Disgraceful rubbish. 2:51PM 90 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Japan are holding on here, and are doing so in general comfort. Inui, who has been a threat throughout, draws a foul. 2:47PM 89 mins Here's a late hope for Colombia though. They have a chance to swing the ball into the box, good header on... but Falcao is offside. Rats. We are going to have five minutes added. 2:45PM 86 mins Osako, who has been excellent, is replaced by Okazaki. The Leicester chap. 2:44PM 85 mins This has been a masterclass in game management by the Japanese team since they went 2-1 up. Colombians cannot get near the ball. 2:43PM 84 mins Game has become bitty. Rodriguez is booked for chopping down Haraguchi. 2:42PM 83 mins Japan have done well here, they have taken the sting out of this in the last few minutes. 2:40PM 80 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Bit of a delay because D Sanchez has clattered Osako. Yamaguchi comes on for Shibasaki. 2:37PM Yoshida the horse really nearly won that first race, was right up there until the last few yards, but chinned on the line by several. Finishes fifth I think. 2:36PM 75 mins Colombia 1 Japan 2 Oh, James! That was the chance, maybe. Barrios sets him up with a backheel, James shoots, but cannot hit paydirt because the hero Osako has thrown himself in the way of the shot. 2:35PM Meanwhile The other Yoshida is in the stalls at Royal Ascot.... Credit: BBC 2:31PM GOAL! Colombia 1 Japan 2 (Osako 73) Quality corner from Honda, a great leap from Osako, and a really well directed header into the far corner. 2:30PM 72 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 How's that not gone in?! There is a scramble in the box, Osako holds it up with his back to goal and does well to lay it off, the shot comes in from Sakai and is deflected behind for a corner. 2:29PM 70 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Honda with a good run, cuts inside, fires but straight at Ospina. 2:27PM 69 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Shinji Kagawa is coming off and Honda is coming on. Bacca on for the Colombians, that's quite a positive move. Izquierdo I think it is coming off. Feels like Colombia have weathered the storm... 2:25PM Not had any impact yet, James Credit: AP 2:23PM 65 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan have another corner, their fifth. Colombians clinging on by their fingertips. 2:21PM 63 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Barrios gets a yeller for stamping on the foot of Shinji Kagawa. #COLJPN 60': James on! Quick sketches fr 2014, vs Brazil. pic.twitter.com/V411XYxurX— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) June 19, 2018 Inui has gone close again. 2:20PM The Grasshopper Incident, Remembered James Rodriguez celebrating that a grasshopper chose him over Neymar #COLpic.twitter.com/9klprfXX9P— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) June 19, 2018 2:19PM 60 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan surely due here. They've been all over Colombia since the restart. H Sakai is the latest to have a go, firing across the goal. It'll be interesting to see how fit, or not, James is. 2:17PM 59 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Yoshida gets up superbly from a freekick and meets the ball with a header. Wide. 2014 golden boot winner James Rodriguez is on for #COL.#COL 1-1 #JPNhttps://t.co/07xQlPi4cgpic.twitter.com/iAIABPJM0N— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 2:16PM 58 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Quintero the goalscorer is coming off and James Rodriguez is coming on. The Colombian crowd rise to acclaim their hero. 2:15PM 55 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Colombia need to come up a gear, and there are signs that they are doing so, Falcao is putting it about. But, not for the first time, Davinson Sanchez is a little bit out of position and, not for the first time, Inui is free and clear down that left flank. He gathers, checks inside and tries to bend it into the corner. Ospina palms it away. 2:12PM 53 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Excellent from Japan. They look an outfit at the moment. Kagawa with a gorgeous little through ball, Osako is onto it and strikes it hard from a narrow angle. Good save Ospina. 2:10PM 51 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese players are bang up for this. Nagatomo particularly is in the 110% club. 2:08PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japan side are very much on top so far. They have a corner. Yoshida controls it brilliantly but has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier so he cannot get a shot in before the swarming Colombians engulf him. 2:05PM 47 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 Japan with a nice start to the half, pinging the ball around and looking to stretch their ten-man opponents. Good Lord! You have no idea with what you're missing on the Fox commentary. Jorge Perez-Navarro exclusively calls Kagawa 'Kagawa-san' and drops the occasional 'banzai!'— Jason Torquato (@JasonFTorquato) June 19, 2018 2:04PM 46 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 What a bizarre half-time interlude. Let's get back to the football. Never thought I'd say this, but could we not have checked in with the England camp?— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) June 19, 2018 2:01PM Neville The Less seems to be doing some sort of blind taste test. Credit: BBC Credit: BBC It's Borscht! And he's voted for Matthew Upson's. 1:53PM Even steven Colombia vs Japan shots on goal 1:47PM Half time: Colombia 1 Japan 1 Well done Colombia, what an effort. Anybody's game. Awful start for the South Americans, Carlos Sanchez having a complete shocker and sticking his hand out. Also to blame: Davinson Sanchez, who let himself be bamboozled by a simple long ball, and then bullied by the Japanese runner, leading to the shot from which Carlos stuck his mitt out. But Colombia did not let their heads drop. Cuadrado led several attacks but was, curiously, subbed off. Falcao has produced a captain's innings up front, wonderful movement and classy presence. Falcao eventually won a free in a handy position, and Qunitero cheekily slotted it under the wall. 1:45PM 43 mins Colombia 1 Japan 1 The Japanese are clinging on here, Colombia have shown great cojones to fight their way back into this. Colombia are a much better Brazil than Brazil these days. Great to watch— Paul Little (@little_football) June 19, 2018 1:41PM GOAL! Quintero has slipped it under the wall! Colombia 1 Japan 1 That's a cheeky bit of genius! Love it, well done Quintero. He waited for the wall to jump and threaded it into the corner of the goal. The Japan keeper desperately tried to claw it out. Credit: BBC Some players are protesting, not sure why, not only is it a) obviously in b) they have goalline tech so no point in grousing to the human ref anyway. 1:39PM 37 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao goes down. And now Falcao goes down again. Mahoto Hasebe was his assailant both times. He's doing everything he can to win a penalty, is Falcao. No foul for the first one. Second one, he gets instead a freekick on the edge of the box. Colombia have a freekick on the edge of the box... it's Quintero... 1:38PM 36 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Yoshida has had a nibble at Falcao, who makes the most of it. The freekick is cleared, also by Yoshida (I think - it was a bit of a crowd scene) 1:37PM Views on the sending off Carlos Sanchez is 32 years old. I know there's instinct and adrenaline, but saving a goalbound shot with your hand in an age of VAR just minutes into a WC game is the ultimate bonehead play.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 19, 2018 1:35PM 33 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Falcao close again, and it is the same move as before: a little chipped ball straight down the centre, Falcao springs the trap and leaps, athletically. Cannot quite get the direction with his toe-ender. 1:33PM 30 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Oooh, shocking play from Colombia. They try to play it back to Davinson Sanchez, hospital pass... the Japanese left-sided forward Yuya Osako steals in and slashes a shot across goal. Should have done better. Cuadrado has been subbed. Remarkable. Wilmar Barrios, a defensive midfielder, comes on. Tactical move. Cuadrado being subbed out is shocking to me. His decision making has been, well, Cuadrado-levels, but he’s been starting basically every attack for Colombia.— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) June 19, 2018 1:31PM 28 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Here come the Colombians again but, I have to say, for their attacking verve and spirit they are not really creating as many chances as they would like. This one peters out. 1:27PM 25 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Izquierdo is having a good game in the centre of the park, lots of N-R-G. 1:26PM 24 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Excellent defence from Nagatomo to pinch it away from Cuadrado at a vital time. Japan clear the corner with some authority. 1:24PM Fans are GREAT Colombia fan before the match Credit: Reuters 1:23PM 20 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia committing loads forward, they've got five or six in a line here, but the problem is the obvious one: when they lose it, they are looking very short staffed. Hasebe and Inui have both attempted to lead breaks. Davinson Sanchez is doing some good robust spoiling work. 1:20PM 18 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia, despite having a man off, are causing a load of problems. Cuadrado, looking like the player he is at Juventus rather than the waste of space that he was at Chelsea, is roasting them. 1:16PM 14 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 It has all opened up for Japan, Kagawa runs at the defence, who back off. He has got options... slides it out to the left, where unmarked, overlapping Inui has time to pick his spot, but he shoots wide. 1:15PM 12 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Pathetic play acting from Mojica as he rolls around after being vaguely brushed by Haraguchi. 1:14PM 10 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Colombia are at the ref 24/7, and they will be hoping that he looks to even things up. They win a freekick, excellent movement from Falcao as he gets across the defence and gets a toe on it... hard lines for him that it's straight at the keeper. 1:10PM 8 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Well, what a start that was! The Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez can have zero complaints. Well, in fact, he had loads of complaints as he pleaded his case, but it was a pretty clear handball. 1:08PM 7 mins Colombia 0 Japan 1 Cuadrado looks to pick his team up, good progress down the right from the Juventus man. Falcao will play on his own as the sole striker in a 4-4-1 by the looks. 1:07PM GOAL! Shinji Kagawa scores the penalty Colombia 0 Japan 1 Straight down the middle, waiting for Ospina to dive. Cool penalty. 1:06PM 4 mins Surely the slowest walk-off the World Cup has ever seen? Carlos Sanchez is still trudging off. He used to play for Aston Villa, so he knows about misery. Kagawa steps up... Ospina in goals.... 1:05PM Drama! Penalty! Japan break away, just a simple long punt down the middle but Davison Sanchez has made a meal of clearing it. Yuya Osaka races on to the ball and shoots, David Ospina does well but Shinji Kagawa pounces on the rebound. He shoots from the edge of the box, Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out. Colombia are all over the shop here. A shot... Carlos Sanchez sticks his arm out and gets in the way. Red card! Penalty! Colombia red card 1:03PM 1 mins Colombia 0 Japan 0 Colombia it is who are stroking the ball around at the back, sensibly favouring the bit of the pitch that is sunny. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 1:01PM Right then Let's kick off. Half the pitch is in sunshine. 1:00PM Japan Credit: BBC 12:59PM Varsh! Dutch VAR crew today Credit: BBC 12:58PM Colombia side Credit: BBC 12:57PM Anthems Colombia's is a smasher! Plenty of Colombians in the crowd and they are giving it everything. It sounds like someone throwing a dinner service down a metal fire escape. Falcao has a T in the E, bless him. Emotional scenes. The Japanese one could hardly be more different: stately, lilting, dignified. Japanthem Credit: BBC 12:54PM Very smart, the Japan and Colombia shirts both World Cup kits ranked But where do they each come in our rankings? 12:49PM Players are out on the pitch Kick off coming up 12:48PM Here is Jamie Carragher on our pod 12:39PM Shirty business It's Colombia vs. Japan in the 'Kitbag Sold Out Of The Nigeria Shirt So I Had To Make Do With This One Instead' derby.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 19, 2018 12:38PM Amazing picture this Like a Renaissance masterpiece or something. Best pictures and video: How #ENG fans across the country celebrated Harry Kane's goal as #ENGTUN becomes most watched TV event of the year https://t.co/8zXedubIjw— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 19, 2018 12:31PM We've got all the best England reaction here Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 12:30PM The match is in the Mordovia Arena World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 12:22PM The big news from the Colombia camp is that JAMES HAS BEEN SAT DOWN. That's a shame, many were hoping that James Rodriguez would be fit enough for this match but he will have to make do with a place on the bench. A calf injury has got the better of him. 12:19PM Teams incoming Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Mojica, Lerma, Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Cuadrado, Zapata, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Mina, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Nakamura, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai. Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) 12:11PM Hi pals Tyers here. Excited to bring you this first live blog of the day. 11:57AM Where's this one being played? Onto Group H today, then, and the final four teams that have not yet featured in this year's World Cup. First up, Colombia vs Japan. Here's where the game is being played: World Cup 2018 stadium: Mordovia Arena 11:43AM Earthquake in Japan gives World Cup squad unwelcome scare Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be settled down as soon as possible." Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people - including a 9-year-old girl - and injured hundreds. Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto said that on behalf of the team, he "would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who've been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible." Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area "might have been negatively impacted" emotionally. "The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that," he said. Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area. Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck. "The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning," Nishino said. "So I assume there was some negative impact." Team officials said that none of the players have reported earthquake-related injuries among family or close friends, and players haven't reported any difficulty contacting loved ones. AP
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