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 By Reuters

Colombia's Jose Pekerman vows team will push past 'bitter memory' of Japan defeat

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was the first player sent off at the 2018 World Cup, as Yuya Osako won it late for Japan in their Group H opener.
Carlos Sanchez of Colombia has received the first red card of the 2018 Russian World Cup after a deliberate hand ball in the box.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Japan should've dominated 10-man Colombia, but did just enough in the second half to earn a win in their Group H opener.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said Tuesday's shock 2-1 loss to Japan will be a "bitter memory," but he vowed the stamina and nerve showed by the South Americans despite being a man down will propel them to victories in Group H.

Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute for handling a goal-bound shot, the second fastest red card in World Cup history, stunning a stadium packed with yellow-shirted Colombia fans.

"We were expecting something completely different. We were hoping...

 By Tim Vickery

Colombia need James Rodriguez, Juan Fernando Quintero in tandem after Japan shock

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Japan should've dominated 10-man Colombia, but did just enough in the second half to earn a win in their Group H opener.
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was the first player sent off at the 2018 World Cup, as Yuya Osako won it late for Japan in their Group H opener.
World Cup: Yuya Osako (73') Colombia 1-2 Japan
World Cup: Juan Quintero (39') Colombia 1-1 Japan
World Cup: Shinji Kagawa (6') Colombia 0-1 Japan
World Cup: Carlos Sanchez red card (3') Colombia 0-0 Japan

SARANSK, Russia - Three quick thoughts from Colombia 1-2 Japan in Group H at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon:

No battle plan ever survives initial contact with the enemy -- and seldom was that truer than in Colombia's World Cup opener, a 2-1 defeat to Japan on Tuesday.

The game had barely started before Colombia found themselves a goal down and a man down -- and a vital one at that. Defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez is one of the first names on the team-sheet, playing a vital role in balancing...

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez sent off in defeat to Japan

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Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was the first player sent off at the 2018 World Cup, as Yuya Osako won it late for Japan in their Group H opener.
World Cup: Yuya Osako (73') Colombia 1-2 Japan
World Cup: Juan Quintero (39') Colombia 1-1 Japan
World Cup: Shinji Kagawa (6') Colombia 0-1 Japan
World Cup: Carlos Sanchez red card (3') Colombia 0-0 Japan

Japan got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 win over Colombia, who suffered the tournament's first red card after only three minutes.

Carlos Sanchez was dismissed for handball as Japan won the penalty from which Shinji Kagawa gave them the lead and, although Juan Quintero levelled, Yuya Osako headed the winner after the break.

Osako created the game's first moment of danger, getting away down the right to provide an early cross that was claimed by goalkeeper David Ospina.

But...