Who said changing your manager two months previously a competition would abandon you in disarray? Well done Japan.
Davinson Sanchez has made urgent squares and kept Colombia in the diversion in the second half.
Japan pulled off a massive stun in their World Cup opener, profiting by a third-minute red card for Carlos Sánchez to beat Colombia 2-1 in Group H.
Sánchez hindered a goal-bound shot from Shinji Kagawa, giving the official no alternative yet to send him off, however the Colombian set aside an extended opportunity to clear out. Kagawa, in the end, dispatched the punishment.
Juan Quintero equalised from a free-kick in the 39th moment with a splendid bit of act of spontaneity, sitting tight for the Japanese divider to bounce and rolling the ball underneath it. Eiji Kawashima thought he had spared it yet the ball had gone too far.
Yuya Osako re-established Japan's lead in the 73rd moment, heading past David Ospina from a corner.
Poland plays Senegal later in the other opening match in Group H. Next up for Japan are Senegal in Ekaterinburg on Sunday, which completes an hour before Colombia game Poland in Kazan.
That is Japan's first World Cup win in Europe and their first against South American restriction. Colombia battled splendidly in the first half; on the off chance that you didn't know they were down to ten men, you won't have speculated. Yet, Japan turned the tide significantly in the second time frame and was merited victors at last. This outcome honestly tosses Group H open, with Poland and Senegal to come straightaway.