Hello and welcome to my latest reports from the World Cup in Russia, where today I have the final two games from Matchday 1, as well as the first Matchday 2 game. Enjoy!
Colombia 1-2 Japan
Japan shocked Colombia by defeating them in their opening match of Group H. Colombia’s star man James Rodriguez only made the bench which was a great shock before the game and I’m sure it gave the Japanese players a lot of confidence. The Colombians suffered the worst possible start with Carlos Sanchez handballing a shot towards his goal which earned him a red card and a penalty for Japan which was converted by Shinji Kagawa. In the 39th minute the South Americans got a free kick from out wide, which Quintero scored by shooting it under the wall cleverly. It was an undeserved scoreline at half time for Colombia, but in the 60th minute Rodriguez came on and changed the game. However, in the 79th minute Osako headed in a corner to earn three points for Japan, which was not what was expected to happen.
Poland 1-2 Senegal
Another slight shock in Group H saw Senegal defeat Poland who were without their main defender Kamil Glik through a shoulder injury that he acquired in training after a failed overhead kick. In the 37th minute a shot by Idrissa Gana Gueye was deflected into the Poland net by their defender Cionek for an own goal. Fifteen minutes into the second half Senegal doubled their lead when M’Baye Niang capitalised on a terrible miscommunication about forty yards out from goal when Wojciech Szczesny and a defender tried to let each other have it and the Senegalese forward nipped in to run through on goal and score into an open net. With five minutes to go Grzegorz Krychowiak headed home a free kick but it was too little too late for the Poles.
Russia 3-1 Egypt
Russia put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the round of 16 with a comfortable victory in Saint Petersburg. Now, if Saudi Arabia don’t beat Uruguay today they are through and Egypt are out. The first half was very poor, but two minutes into the second half a Roman Zobnin shot was horribly deflected off Ahmed Fathi for an own goal. The Russians pushed on after that and Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba had already scored before Mohamed Salah scored a penalty to make it 3-1.
Thanks for reading, and I will see you soon with Portugal vs Morocco, Spain vs Iran and Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia!