Day 6 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has ended, and every team has played their opening game, with Russian Federation and Egypt kicking off the second round of group stage matches on Tuesday afternoon.
After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment.
Contrary to expectations, 61st ranked Japan edged past 16th ranked Colombia 2-1, courtesy Yuya Osako's second-half header, in their opening match of Group H at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup here at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.
Goals from Kagawa, who took the spot kick following the hand ball and sending off, and one from Osaka to seal matters in the 73rd minute were enough to see off Colombia, who scored their only goal in the 39th minute via the hard-working Quintero. The team's objective has been to repeat or improve on its surprising run four years ago when it reached the quarterfinals, Colombia's best-ever performance at a World Cup.
Sall was invited to the World Cup by Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Fatma Samoura, who is from Senegal.
In yet another sensational Group H encounter on the Day 6 of the world tournament, Japan secured an easy 2-1 win over the Columbian opponent after the elimination of Columbian star Sanchez in the 3 minute of the game.
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He led MI to the National Championship game and scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a Final Four win over Loyola. Other than Newman, the Lakers also got Mo Wagner of MI and Newman's teammate in Kansas, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk .
Colombia is grouped with Japan, Senegal and Poland.
It is something that comes as a surprise to many foreigners attending matches in Japan.
In the previous three meetings between the two sides, Japan has failed to defeat Colombia as the former side lost twice while they settled with the share of the spoils in the remaining game.
Both teams were disappointing in their opening games.
Be that as it may, Sanchez's red is fascinatingly one of the longest a World Cup tournament has gone without one in a single campaign.
"I think it's a wonderful thing that the World Cup brings so many nations and people together and get to learn and exchange these kinds of things". Six of the top eight teams in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings failed to win their initial matches.