FC Köln's forward Yuya Osako struck late as Japan kick-started their Russia 2018 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Columbia in Group H.
Japan opened the scoring through a penalty caused by Carlos Sanchez who deliberately blocked the shot with his hand from the effort of Shinji Kagawa.
The captain Kagawa stood up and converted the penalty to give his side the early lead.
Carlos Sanchez was sent off as a result of the handball in the 18-yard box which became the second quickest red card in the history of the World Cup.
After Japan had taken the lead, the Colombian's grew and began committing more men forward which eventually paid off in the first half as Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break.
Japan capitalised on the red card by pressuring the Colombians in the second half. Finally, Yuya Osako popped up with a vital header which sealed the victory for the Japans.
What was billed to be a bout between Ghana’s Richard Commey and America’s Robert Easter, has taken an interesting twist, with the two boxers set to fight on the same night, but now, against different opponents?
"I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I don't think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty," added the 57-year-old, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010.
Argentina play Croatia in their next game in Saint Petersburg on 21 June.
After he was forced to watch Uruguay steal a last minute winner from the bench on his birthday, a group of fans from Chechnya managed to get a smile from Mohamed Salah as they gave him a gigantic cake to celebrate the occasion.
Embattled former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi in a leaked statement has revealed that a third party representing investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas requested $150k to drop #12 Video expose.
In a long statement purported to be from the former CAF vice, he said he rejected the offer because he did not have the money at the time of the request.
Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned after he was handed a 90-day ban by FIFA is also demanding the entire recording made by Anas.
“Let me also confirm that there was a demand on me through a third party to part with $150k for Anas to drop the videos on me. I didn’t have the said amount of money to meet his demand.
“My humble request to the Ghanaian public now is this, having heard my side, whatever your view is, please tell Anas to let you have the benefit of the full video devoid of his prior commentary and advice. You are capable of understanding things yourself.
“Unfortunately, I do not have a video to show you because I dealt with people I trusted to be businessmen because they were introduced to me by a person I knew well. I have learnt the bitter way that the fact you trust someone does not mean you must trust who they trust.”