Relations between Moscow and Tokyo are now strained over the roll-out of a USA missile system and Moscow's move this year to deploy warplanes to a group of disputed islands north of Japan.
MOSCOW - Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup, defeating Poland 2-1 Tuesday on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half strike by Mbaye Niang.
Asian teams had managed three draws in 17 matches against South American sides, but the four-times Asian champions made their extra man count after Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez became the first player to get a red card in Russian Federation. Japan was obviously helped by an extremely early red card on Carlos Sánchez and a penalty goal from Shinji Kagawa, but the only thing that matters in this tournament is the result.
Yuya Osako won a bouncing ball to begin a sequence that led to the red card and the penalty.
The former Aston Villa player was sent off just three minutes into Colombia's clash against Japan on Tuesday, June 19.
"The victory tastes good, but the second and third games will be ahead and they will be tough".
The Japanese head coach praised his side for using their numerical advantage to wear out Colombia's forwards. The first half of the game was cold and the scores remained to nil.
Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik: "We played very badly today".
Colombian radio station Blu Radio have now confirmed that the judicial arm of the Colombian police (Dijin) have assigned a special cyber-crime team to investigate the matter.
"When James came on, which I knew would happen, the team defended as a whole, rather than just a player marking him", said Nishino. The side has never gone beyond the second round, but fans will be hopeful they can build on a strong start and post their best-ever finish. "We need to question everything and prepare for the Japan match in the same way", he said.
"We made enough prep work before the game and it worked well".