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Japan made hard work of a match in which it held all the cards but was saved by a late Yuya Osako winner which earned it a 2-1 win in its World Cup opener against a 10-man Colombia on Tuesday.

The win at Mordovia Arena in Saransk was the first for an Asian team over a South American opponent at a World Cup and was Japan’s first at the tournament since it beat Denmark in the final group game of the 2010 edition.

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