Japan took full advantage of being a man up by controlling the tempo of the game and letting Colombia chase them. Colombia got frustrated being unable to go on the attack and that could be seen by the yellow cards taken. Japan will be happy to get the three points and getting revenge on a team that beat them 4-1 in the 2014 World Cup. Colombia now look to bounce back when they take on Poland, while Japan will face Senegal on June 24th.
Damir Skomina blows his whistle and Japan walks away with a 2-1 win over Group H favorites Colombia.
Eiji Kawashima gets booked for time wasting.
Carlos Bacca mishits a bouncing ball over the net in what could be Colombia's last chance
Eiji Kawashima (Japan)
Santiago Arias crosses the ball in and James Rodriguez gets his head to it to flick it on for Radamel Falcao, but Falcao is caught offsides before any shots can be taken.
James Rodriguez (Colombia)
James Rodriguez goes into the referee's book after a slide tackle from behind.
Shinji Okazaki (on). Yuya Osako (off). (Japan)
Shinji Okazaki comes on for Yuya Osako who went down with a cramp.
Japan is controlling the ball, passing around the back. The man advantage is really showing in these past 5 minutes.
Yuya Osako heads the ball wide of the post after a nice cross was put in.
Hotaru Yamaguchi (on). Gaku Shibasaki (off). (Japan)
Hotaru Yamaguchi comes on for Japan with Gaku Shibasaki coming off.
James Rodriguez unleashes a rocket but is defended by Yuya Osako. He then takes the corner very qucikly but can't find anyone. Colombia has another chance when a cross is put in and Oscar Murillo puts in a weak header which is caught by Eiji Kawashima.
Yuya Osako. Assist by Keisuke Honda (Japan)
Yuya Osako jumps higher than everyone else and heads the ball in off the post from the corner. Japan takes the 2-1 lead!
Keisuke Honda with what might his first touch of the game unleashes a shot from outside the box which David Ospina has to dive and save.
Carlos Bacca (on). Jose Izquierdo (off). (Colombia)
Keisuke Honda (on). Shinji Kagawa (off). (Japan)
Jose Izquierdo comes off for forward Carlos Bacca.
Keisuke Honda, Japan's leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying comes on for Shinji Kagawa, tonight's Japanese goal scorer.
Takashi Inui takes a shot but is defended well by Davinson Sanchez.
Wilmar Barrios (Colombia)
Wilmar Barrios earns himself a yellow card for stepping on Shinji Kagawa foot from behind.
Hiroki Sakai looks for the shot but misses his low strike wide of the post.
James Rodriguez (on). Juan Quintero (off). (Colombia)
Maya Yoshida jumps above everyone else but mishits his header wide of the post.
James Rodriguez comes in for Juan Quintero, today's Colombian goal scorer.
Takashi Inui looks to curl the ball into the bottom corner but David Ospina makes the diving save through traffic to deny the Japanese taking a 2-1 lead.
Yuya Osako gets the ball from Shinji Kagawa and makes a beautiful turn on Davinson Sanchez and has a hit which forces a save from David Ospina.
Gaku Shibasaki whips in a corner but Maya Yoshida is unable to get a shot off after controlling the ball fromt the corner.
Colombia had early troubles against the Samurai Blue as the conceded an early penalty kick and had midfielder Carlos Sanchez sent off for handballing a shot on goal and denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. Shinji Kagawa calmly tucked the ball away to give Japan a 1-0 lead. However, a 10 men Colombia responded very well, getting Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero loose on the wings but were unable to find the back of the net. Jose Pekerman made an interesting choice in subbing off Cuadrado for Wilmar Barrios, but Barrios has been solid in the midfield. After a controversial foul decision given by Damir Skomina in the 38', Quintero beautifully snuck the ball under the wall and even the score 1-1. Japan will look to respond and take advantage of Colombia in the second half, while Colombia still have 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez who can come in and instantly change the game.
Damir Skomina blows the whiste to end an eventful first half as Radamel Falcao looks for one last opportunity, but can't get it away. The score is 1-1.
Juan Quintero (Colombia)
Juan Quintero scores directly from the free kick after going hard under the wall. Eiji Kawashima attempts to save but the ball crosses the line just before he gets to it.
Juan Quintero cracks the free kick
Radamel Falcao looks for a jumping shot, but is just out of reach for him, only getting the tip of his boot to the ball which is no trouble for Eiji Kawashima.
Yuya Osako looks to put Japan up by two but mishits the shot from the 6 yard box which goes out for a throw.
Wilmar Barrios (on). Juan Cuadrado (off). (Colombia)
Juan Cuadrado comes out for Wilmar Barrios. Jose Pekerman will look for Barrios to solidify the Colombian midfield after being down a man.
Johan Mojica whips in a cross which is just out of reach for Juan Cuadrado but is deflected behind for a Colombian corner. On the ensuing corner Juan Quintero couldn't find anyone but Japan cleared it directly to Juan Cuadrado who unleashes a strike but gets blocked on the way towards goal.
Takashi Inui plays the corner short but can't make anything happen as Maya Yoshida gets called for a push in the box.
Shinji Kagawa dribbles through the middle and sets up Takashi Inui from the left wing but is unable to get enough curl on the ball and misses wide.
Radamel Falcao has a go on the volley near the penalty spot after a free kick is sent into the box but is denied by Eiji Kawashima
Penalty Kick - Goal - Shinji Kagawa (Japan)
Shinji Kagawa sends David Ospina the wrong way and calmly delivers a shot to the center of the net to put Japan up 1-0.
Carlos Sanchez (Colombia)
Carlos Sanchez is sent off and gives away a penalty for handballing a clear goal scoring opportunity. Not the start Colombia was hoping for.
Yuya Osako breaks through by himself but David Ospina saves. Shinji Kagawa follows up but is blocked away.
Colombia and Japan were in the same Group in the 2014 World Cup as well but had a completely different experience. Colombia won the Group, winning all their matches including a 4-1 victory against Japan, while Japan finished last, only securing one point. In the match, Japan looked the more dominant side with 10 more shots, but couldn't find a way to get past David Ospina, who starts in goal tonight.
Japan Substitutions - Naomichi Ueda, Keisuke Honda, Wataru Endo, Shinji Okazaki, Takashi Usami, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Yoshinori Muto, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Ryota Oshima, Tomoaki Makino, Gotoku Sakai, Kosuke Nakamura
Japan (4-2-3-1) - Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako; Akira Nishino (M)
Colombia Substitutions - Cristian Zapata, Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Bacca, Abel Aguilar, James Rodriguez, Camilo Vargas, Yerry Mina, Luis Muriel, Mateus Uribe, Farid Alfonso Diaz, Miguel Borja, Jose Cuadrado
Colombia (4-2-3-1) - David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Oscar Murillo, Johan Mojica; Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Jose Izquierdo; Radamel Falcao; Jose Pekerman (M)
The Samurai Blue are making their sixth straight World Cup appearance. The main question coming into this game is the mental mindset of the players after a recent earthquake hit Japan. Japan will look for captain Makoto Hasebe to rally the troops and make sure they are prepared for a tough match ahead.
The big news coming out of the Colombia camp has been the fitness levels of star forward James Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been struggling with a leg injury in the lead up to the World Cup, and will be on the bench today for the Colombians. This is good news for the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner and Colombia as well who look to have another strong World Cup appearance after getting knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Welcome to our coverage of match day 6 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup! The first game of the day is Group H's opener between Colombia and Japan. Kickoff is just under an hour away, but in the meantime let's take a look at these two nations.