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The Latest: Osako header gives Japan a 2-1 lead vs Colombia

Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group H match against Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan's Shinji Kagawa, left, runs to celebrate after scoring the opening goal past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, right, during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local):

    4:30 p.m.

    Yuya Osako makes it 2-1 for Japan against Colombia at 73 minutes in Saransk, after a corner kick taken by Keisuke Honda.

    The Japanese striker headed the ball inside Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina's left post.

    Colombia has been down to 10 men since defender Carlos Sanchez was sent off at 3 minutes.

    In the 2014 World Cup, Japan lost 4-1 to Colombia in group stage.


    4:17 p.m.

    Colombia's star midfielder James Rodriguez, the top goal scorer of the 2014 World Cup, has been brought into the match against Japan after 59 minutes.

    Referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia shows a red card to Colombia's Carlos Sanchez, on the ground, during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Quintero scored Colombia's goal in the 39th minute after a low free kick that beat Japan goalie Eiji Kawashima.

    Japan opened the score at 6 minutes with Shinji Kagawa from the penalty spot.

    Rodriguez is one of Colombia's main hopes to at least equal their campaign four years ago, when the team reached the quarterfinals.

    He will now try to help Colombia overcome the barrier of being down to 10 men after Carlos Sanchez was sent off at 3 minutes.


    4:07 p.m.

    Colombia's Carlos Sanchez has a spot in the World Cup record books that he probably doesn't want.

    Sanchez was issued the second-quickest red card in tournament history Tuesday, getting sent off just 3 minutes into Colombia's opening match against Japan. Referee Damir Skomina of Slovenia made the decision after Sanchez stuck out his arm to stop a shot that looked bound for the Colombian net at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

    Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima fails to stop a free kick shot by Colombia's Juan Quintero during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Shinji Kagawa converted the penalty to give Japan the lead, but 10-men Colombia leveled the score in the 39th minute with a free kick by Juan Quintero .

    The quickest red card record still belongs to Uruguay's Jose Batista in the 1986 World Cup. He was sent off a minute into a goalless draw against Scotland for a harsh tackle on Gordon Strachan.

    -- Associated Press writer Mauricio Savarese reported from Saransk.


    3:47 p.m.

    It's 1-1 in the World Cup game between Colombia and Japan after a dramatic first half. Japan defied expectations by taking an early lead over vaunted Colombia, which managed to equalize in the 39th despite being a man down since the opening three minutes.

    Juan Quintero's rolling but well-place free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

    Japan had the lead before six minutes had elapsed, thanks to a defensive breakdown that gave Japan two promising shots on goal.

    David Ospina blocked the first while charging out of the net, taking him out of position for the rebound.

    Carlos Sanchez tried to block the second, but committed a hand ball in the penalty area. Slovenian referee Damir Skomina did not hesitate to pull out a red card, meaning Sanchez was out for the remainder of Colombia's World Cup opener and its next game against Poland.

    Japan capitalized on Shinji Kagawa's penalty shot, slotted cleanly inside the right post.


    3:05 p.m.

    The first red card of the tournament has been awarded against Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez for handling a goal-bound shot in the area in the third minute against Japan. Shinji Kagawa slotted the resultant penalty to give Japan an early 1-0 lead in the World Cup Group H game.

    More than 10,000 Colombian fans at the stadium jeered.

    Four years ago Japan was beaten 4-1 by Colombia also during group stage in Brazil.

    Minutes earlier, the kick-off was delayed after the teams had to switch directions.


    2:40 p.m.

    A road has flooded outside a designated World Cup hotel in Nizhny Novgorod, leaving cars half-submerged and forcing local residents to wade knee-deep through the water.

    The flood, which followed a rain shower in the central Russian city, abated soon after.

    The flood outside the Hampton by Hilton hotel, a designated media hotel for the tournament, also brought local news reporters to the scene. One television cameraman removed his trousers and waded through the water in his underwear while filming. A hotel staff member also had to get through the water to retrieve possessions from his parked car.

    Nizhny Novgorod, about 400 milometers (250 miles) east of Moscow, will host four group games, one round-of-16 game and a quarterfinal at the World Cup. The Hampton by Hilton is on the other side of the city to the World Cup stadium.


    2:21 p.m.

    Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has chosen not to start attacking midfielder James Rodriguez in the starting lineup for the side's World Cup opener against Japan.

    The 26-year-old was the top scorer of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with six goals in five matches. But the Bayern Munich player has been hampered lately by a left calf injury.

    Also dropped was defender Yerry Mina, who had been a mainstay in the lineup during qualifying but has not been a regular for Barcelona.

    Recently hired Japan coach Akira Nishino is leaving Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki out of the starting lineup. He practiced Monday for the first time in five days because of a right calf strain. Yuya Osako of Werder Bremen will start in his place.


    Colombia: David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Jefferson Lerma, Oscar Murillo, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Carlos Sanchez, Jose Izquierdo, Radamel Falcao.

    Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gen Shoji, Makoto Hasebe, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Genki Haraguchi, Gaku Shibasaki, Yuya Osako.


    1:20 p.m.

    American Mark Geiger has been selected to referee Wednesday's World Cup match between Portugal and Morocco.

    Geiger becomes the second American to referee at two World Cups after David Socha in 1982 and 1986.

    A 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, Geiger worked three games in Brazil four years ago, becoming the first American to referee a knockout stage match when he officiated France's 2-0 win over Nigeria in the round of 16.

    Geiger was the Video Assistant Referee for last weekend's game between Argentina and Iceland.

    The U.S. is the only nation with two referees at the World Cup. Jair Murrufo has not yet been assigned a match.


    11:45 a.m.

    Officials say an engine of a Russian plane carrying the Saudi Arabia team to a World Cup host city caught fire during landing.

    Russia's federal agency for air traffic says in a statement that the Airbus airplane flying from St. Petersburg to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don landed safely Monday night and did not require any emergency procedures.

    Tuesday's statement says the passenger plane landed with both of its engines working and the passengers disembarked normally. An investigation into the incident has begun.

    The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted pictures of the players exiting the plan on Monday night and a statement on Twitter saying it "would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they're heading to their residence safely."

    The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener in Moscow last week and play Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.


    11:30 a.m.

    Brazil's jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has made his debut as a football pundit.

    Behind bars, he wrote a column for Worker's Party TV on Monday criticizing Brazil's performance in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland at the World Cup

    "Qualifying is one thing. The World Cup is different," da Silva wrote. "Switzerland was strong in defense, playing rough, and didn't allow Brazil to perform. They also stopped Neymar by fouling him again and again."

    Da Silva, who started serving a 12-year sentence for corruption in April, can still appeal his conviction, which he calls politically fabricated.

    Da Silva also said "the first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value."


    10:40 a.m.

    Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russia and will attend his country's World Cup game against Poland in Moscow.

    Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002.

    The president's office says Sall will watch Senegal play Poland at Spartak Stadium on Tuesday during a three-day visit to Russia . He'll also hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Sall was invited to the World Cup by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura, who is from Senegal.

    Senegal is Africa's last chance of getting a win in the first volley of games at the World Cup. Egypt (1-0 to Uruguay), Morocco (1-0 to Iran), Nigeria (2-0 to Croatia) and Tunisia (2-1 to England) all lost their group openers.


    The item on the first red card was corrected to show the penalty was awarded in the 3rd minute.


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