Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez gets 1st red of tournament

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Meanwhile, Carlos Sanchez received the second-quickest red card in World Cup history when he was dismissed in Colombia's World Cup Group H opener against Japan.

Quintero stepped up to take the free, waiting for the wall to jump, the former Independiente Medellin attacker rolled the ball underneath it catching Japan 'keeper Kawashima unawares to draw Colombia level as the first half came to a close.

Japan upset 10-man Colombia 2-1 in a dramatic match on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat South American opponents at the World Cup.

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Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute of the defeat after he stopped a goal-bound shot with his hand in the penalty box. He tees up Sakai, who drives low.it looks for all the world as though it's going in. but Arias gets a toe in and the ball goes behind for a corner.

Japan brought on Hotaru Yamaguchi for Shibasaki with 10 minutes remaining, replacing Osako with Leicester's Shinji Okazaki.

Sticking with the red card theme, and while it may still be early days, Sanchez received the first red card of the this year's quadrennial tournament.

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After leaving Brazil without a win four years ago, Japan made a dream start to their Russian campaign, even though head coach Akira Nishino was appointed only in April.

Referee Damir Skomina didn't hesitate in brandishing the first red card of this World Cup - the second fastest in the tournament's history - and Kagawa showed composure to handle the long delay and send the Arsenal goalkeeper the wrong way.

After lengthy protests, Sanchez eventually left the field and Kagawa was allowed to slot the penalty clinically into the bottom right corner of the net and Colombia's game plan was in tatters.

Just three minutes in, they were handed a huge advantage with their first foray forward. "He also couldn't score last World Cup and I knew he really wanted to score this game".

That gave Colombia extra control and their all-time leading scorer and captain Radamel Falcao came more into the game. We aimed high coming into this game and get the result.

It is the sixth time Colombia have reached the World Cup having recorded their best finish in 2014 when they reached the quarter-finals.

"It is tough to lose a player (Sanchez) so early, especially one so important", said Pekerman.

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