Spain vs Iran highlights || Diego Costa helps ESP beat IRN 1-0

Spain eked out a difficult 1-0 win against Iran in what was a challenging Group B contest of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Diego Costa scored the lone goal of the match in the 54th minute at the Kazan Arena to now have three goals from two games in Russia 2018. Iran defended brilliantly to keep it 0-0 till half-time and scored a goal which was disallowed following VAR, which showed it to be off-side. 2010 edition champions Spain currently top Group B with four points while Portugal are right with them in second place with the same number of points. This group is still wide open with the third round deciding which two teams will go through after Morocco were eliminated having lost both their clashes. Follow highlights of Iran vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group B match here (FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

01:40 hrs IST: Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Thanks for joining in.

01:35 hrs IST: Diego Costa have been named Man of the Match

01:30 hrs IST: Iran have now lost all seven matches they have played in the World Cup against European opposition

01:25 hrs IST: And time is up! Spain win 1-0. Iran defended really well but that goal from Diego Costa in the 54th minute was enough for Spain

01:20 hrs IST: Four minutes of added time and a yellow card for an Iran player

01:14 hrs IST: Diego Costa now has 10 goals for Spain. Only Silva, Iniesta and Ramos have more in the current Spain squad

01:10 hrs IST: A yellow card for Iran’s Vahid Amiri for a rough tackle. We are into the last 10 minutes of the match. Looks like Spain will continue to hold on to this lead

01:05 hrs IST: Koke has come in to replace Iniesta in the 71st minute

01:02 hrs IST: So goal not given to Iran. The flag had gone up for off-side

01:01 hrs IST: Iran have scored! But wait the referee is checking! Will VAR come into play?

01:00 hrs IST: Diego Costa now has three goals from two matches in this World Cup

00:57 hrs IST: A scrappy goal but Spain are in lead which is most important

00:54 hrs IST: Diego Costa scores in the 54th minute!

00:53 hrs IST: Now Iran had a real chance there

00:50 hrs IST: Spain look in a hurry to score against Iran. If this game ends in a draw, the situation will not look good for the former champions

00:45 hrs IST: What a fantastic save by Iran goalie Ali Beiranvand

00:40 hrs IST: Spain need to win by two goals to move ahead of Portugal in the standings

00:37 hrs IST: Spain had 73 percent ball possession in the first half and had 10 attempts at the goal

00:34 hrs IST: The second half begins

00:32 hrs IST: Spain laid siege to Iran’s goal for much of the first 45 minutes but resolute defending meant the match was deadlocked 0-0 at the halftime break. Spain’s David Silva hooked the ball over the bar after half an hour with the best of the very few chances while Iran failed to find the target on any of their infrequent forays across the halfway line

00:25 hrs IST: Take a breather. We will see you in the second half

00:24 hrs IST: Most of the first half was played in the Iranian half but they did well do defend. 0-0 at half-time

00:21 hrs IST: That was some brilliant defending by Iran against a team which won the 2010 World Cup! That tells you a lot

00:19 hrs IST: And it is halftime!

00:17 hrs IST: Three minutes of extra time

00:15 hrs IST: Spain’s Diego Costa has got into a fight with Iranian players

00:13 hrs IST: Isco is showing pure class in the midfield. We are close to halftime now

00:10 hrs IST: Chance for Iran but well defended by Sergio Ramos. Corner for Iran now…

00:05 hrs IST: We are 30 minutes into the match but credit to Iran for holding out Spain so far. No goals yet

00:03 hrs IST: A lot of vuvuzelas can be heard. Reminiscent of 2010 South Africa

00:00 hrs IST: Another free-kick for Spain and it goes waste and David Silva hits it straight to ‘keeper

23:57 hrs IST: Free-kick for Spain, Ramos takes it, bounces off the wall and straight into the hands of the ‘keeper

23:54 hrs IST: Though Spain are the favourites, there is a lot more support for Iran in Kazan!

23:50 hrs IST: If Iran win this, they will surely be through to the last 16

23:45 hrs IST: Iran can barely touch the ball, such has been the domination of Spain

23:40 hrs IST: Spain are easily dominating possession but score still stands at 0-0

23:37 hrs IST: Good kick but well defended by the 2010 champions

23:35 hrs IST: Iran get a corner-kick. Will they make it count?

23:30 hrs IST: Play time! This is the first ever international between the two sides! They have never met before

23:28 hrs IST: So the teams have stepped out on to the field and are shaking hands. National anthems done. We are close to the start of the gam

23:25 hrs IST: It is a straight fight between Portugal, Spain and Iran from Group B as Morocco have already been knocked out with two losses against Portugal and Iran

23:20 hrs IST: In earlier games today, Portugal defeated Morocco to top Group B while Luis Suarez’s goal sent Uruguay and Russia into the last 16 while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been knocked out from Group A

23:14 hrs IST: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz dropped captain Masoud Shojaei to the substitutes in a mild surprise with the suspended Saeid Ezatolahi recalled and Ehsan Hajsafi to wear the captain’s arm-band. Defender Majid Hosseini replaces the injured centre back Rouzbeh Cheshmi as Iran seek a second successive win after their 1-0 victory over Morocco

23:10 hrs IST: Spain defender Dani Carvajal has been recalled for the game replacing Nacho from the starting side that drew with Portugal, after recovering from a hamstring injury. Fernando Hierro has also included forward Lucas Vazquez with Koke making way at the Kazan Arena

23:06 hrs IST: While Spain drew 3-3 against Portugal in the Iberian derby, Iran defeated Morocco to be currently placed second in Group B

23:00 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the final match of FIFA World Cup 2018 tonight. It will be Iran taking on 2010 champions Spain

However, it will be yet another big test for Iran. They will have to score past the Spanish defence of Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez. David de Gea, who had a poor outing against Portugal, will look to put on a good show.

Depending on the number of forwards coach Fernando Hierro chooses, Spain’s midfield may rotate in a three or four-man central players. Koke, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Isco might feature, while in attack, David Silva and Diego Costa, who scored twice in the opener, are certain to start. Hierro may use the pace and mobility of Iago Aspas and Rodrigo Moreno as Iran will look to make a heavy defending duty.

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia final result, recap

Uruguay and Russia have both clinched a spot in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia on Wednesday thanks to the a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia by La Celeste in their second group stage match. A Luis Suarez goal in the first half off a corner kick proved to be difference, but it was a proud and positive performance from the Saudi Arabians, who gave Uruguay more trouble than expected.

The win means Russia and Uruguay both have six points in Group A, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia eliminated with zero points apiece. It wasn’t the most compelling performance from Uruguay, which struggled in the attack yet again, but you can’t argue with back-to-back clean sheets and two wins to start the tournament. If the team starts clicking up front with Suarez and Edinson Cavani, watch out.

Russia and Uruguay will meet on Monday at 10 a.m. ET to see who takes first place in the group. You can stream the World Cup games on fuboTV (Try for free)

Live Spain vs Iran streaming info of FIFA World Cup 2018

The eighth matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia closes out with Spain facing Iran, which opens the day as the leader of Group B. The Spanish side is coming off a 3-3 draw against its Iberian rival and neighbor Portugal, while Iran hopes to be one of the surprises of the tournament, looking to follow up the 1-0 win over Morocco which came on an own goal.

Both teams look to enter this match healthy, and Spain could see Dani Carvajal play. The Real Madrid defender was hurt in the Champions League final and his participation in Russia was up in the air, but he’s been training and could see the field.

This feels close to a must-win for Spain, and it will become one if Morocco beats Portugal.

Here’s what to know about the match, how to watch and more:

How to watch Spain vs Iran

  • When: Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET
  • Where: Kazan Arena
  • TV: FOX and Telemundo
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Prediction

Spain dominates from the beginning and earns a big boost on their goal differential. Spain 4, Iran 0.

How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay Live Online

Uruguay and Saudi Arabia meet for their second Group A match in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday, with one team coming in with momentum and the other still searching for a breakthrough. Despite not playing that well in attack against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt, Uruguay was able to squeeze out a dramatic 1-0 win at the death. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, is coming off a 5-0 thrashing from host nation Russia and probably need a win here to have any chance of moving on.

The squads are healthy and both teams are expected to field full-strength squads in this one.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:

How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay

  • When: Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET
  • Where: Rostov Arena
  • TV: FOX and Telemundo
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Portugal vs Morocco Live stream, TV Channel and more

Portugal and Morocco meet on Wednesday in the World Cup for their second match in Group B. Portugal has one point after drawing Spain thanks to the magic of Cristiano Ronaldo in the first match, while Morocco looks to get its first point after that shock defeat to Iran on an own goal in added time.

It could be a must-win for both, with Spain expected to get three points vs. Iran, which already has three points after knocking off Morocco on Friday.

It will be another tough match for Portugal as Morocco isn’t afraid to play physical, but if Ronaldo is on his game, then the Portuguese team should have enough to take three points.

Both teams enter this match healthy and ready to roll.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:

How to watch Portugal vs Morocco

  • When: Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET
  • Where: Olimpiyskiy Stadion
  • TV: FS1 and Telemundo
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

FIFA World Cup 2018 News || Russia vs Egypt 3-1 win

EGY vs RUS, FIFA World Cup 2018| Highlights: Russia sank Egypt 3-1, and Mohammad Salah’s debut world cup goal was not enough to revive the Pharaohs. The Russians riding high on their previous success, put up a performance that was extraordinaire. First goal of the night was gifted to the hosts by the pharaohs with an on goal. The second goal came from Russia’s golden boy Denis Cheryshev scored the sixth goal in the 68th minute. Dyzuba who debuted in the World Cup today scored a third brace moments later. Mohammad Salah scored the saving grace for the Egyptians through a penalty shot.

01: 15 IST: FULL TIME 90 minutes of play in the match: We aren’t far away from the FULL-TIME whistle as Russia virtually secure passage into the Round of 16. 4 minutes of added time was given by the referee but the Egyptians couldn’t put in a performance worthy enough to bag the winners’ spot today. They would have to return empty-handed from the World Cup.

01: 10 IST: 85 minutes of play in the match: A couple of good balls in the Rusian penalty area by Egypt but the gamble hasn’t really paid off for Egypt so far as they stand on brink of an elimination of the tournament. Zhirokov has been subbed off for Fedor Kudryashov as Russia look to hold on to their lead. RUS 3-1 EGY

01: 05 IST: 80 minutes of play in the match: Salah seemed to have been brought down in the penalty box again but the referee wasn’t interested in giving a penalty hits time. Smolov is coming on for the Dzyuba, the scorer of third goal. It’s been another wonderful evening for the hosts and they ony have to hold on the lead for 10 minutes more. RUS 3-1 EGY

01: 00 IST: GOAL! After 30 minutes of play in the match: Mohamed Salah takes the penalty kick and scores to reduce the deficit to 2 goals. The referee deemed it as a foul outside the box but there VAR assistance was taken and the free-kick was converted into a penalty. Salah stepped up and delivered a lethal blow. RUS 3-1 EGY

00: 57 IST: After 70 minutes of play in the match: Egypt came close to reducing the deficit after Mohamed Salah sprayed a wonderful pass out to Trezeguet. The winger, however, failed to hit the target as Egyptians continue to chase the scoreline with all the firepower they have in their belly. RUS 3-0 EGY

00: 49 IST: After 63 minutes of play in the match: GOAL! Dzyuba puts Russia 3-0 up against Russia. Egypt are stunned but Russia look en route to another big victory. They had defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener and are already 3-0 up against Egypt. The crowd support seems to be really paying off! RUS 3-0 EGY

00: 47 IST: After 60 minutes of play in the match: GOAL Cheryshev gets going again as the former Real Madrid player scores his third goal of the tournament. Russia have one step in the Round of 16 while Egypt look all but out of the tournament. Still time to make a comeback but the chances look slim. RUS 2-0 EGY

00: 42 IST: After 55 minutes of play in the match: Egypt put in marauding runs on the flanks but no avail so far. To concede that own goal was unlucky but Russia deserve their lead for the for the sort of pressure they have created. two back-to-back corners in the 55th minute but the Egyptians deal with the danger well. RUS 1-0 EGY

00: 35 IST: After 48 minutes of play in the match: GOAL! Russia again the first ones to attack and find themselves ahead just 2 minutes into the second half, courtesy an own goal by Ahmed Fathy. The goalkeeper cleared the ball which back to a Russian player, who hit the ball towards goal and it saw a big deflection after hitting Fathy. RUS 1-0 EGY

00: 30 IST: The second half begins in St. Petersburg! While Russia have looked as the more-likely opponents to open the scoring, Egypt have found Salah in promising positions and a lot more of the sam can be expected in the second half. Will the Egyptians bag the all-important three points to stay alive in the tournament, only the time will tell.

00: 15 IST: HALF TIME! After 45 minutes of play in the match: Salah finally has a shot at goal. Twist and turn as the right winger unleashed a strike from his left foot but failed to hit the target. Egypt have started to ask questions from the Russian defence late in the first half. The enthralling first half action comes to an end as the scoreboard somehow reads blank. RUS 0-0 EGY

00: 08 IST: After 38 minutes of play in the match:  Not long left into the halftime and despite no goals in the match, it has been an enthralling all-attack match in Russia where the hosts have come close to scoring on a couple of occasions at least but somehow no player has been able to leave his mark on the board. RUS 0-0 EGY

00: 03 IST: After 33 minutes of play in the match: Russians enjoying a fair bit of possession in the middle but Egypt looking at the other side of the tactical handbook. “Unleash Salah” is the only goal the Egyptians have but so far they haven’t been able to implement the same. 30 minutes have passed but no goals so far. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 57 IST: After 27 minutes of play in the match: Russia with another dangerous ball in the Egyptian penalty box but the goalkeeper El Shenawy deals with the threat effectively. Egypt still finding it hard to create meaningful opportunities while the pace of Russia is looking formidable in attack. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 53 IST: After 22 minutes of play in the match: Aleksandr Samedov fails to capitalise on an inch-perfect pass on the edge of the box and as his effort on the goal fails to hit the target. Plenty of action underway in Zenit as Salah finds himself at the center of every attack that Egypt looks to build on counter. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 45 IST: After 15 minutes of play in the match: Russians still enjoying a fair bit of possession in the Egyptian half. Salah looked to take on a defender and run with the ball with his trickery on the counter but was dispossessed. Plenty of clearances have happened from Egypt’s defence but the game is getting more stable as time progresses. Egypt win two consecutive corners after the nervy start. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 40 IST: After 10 minutes of play in the match: Sloppy from Egypt as Russia find themselves with two good scoring opportunities. Egypt survive a major scare but the hosts have started the match on 5th gear and aren’t afraid to attack despite being aware of Mohamed Salah’s presence. Freekick to Russi near the box on the left-hand side but the Egyptians put it behind for corner. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 35 IST: After 5 minutes of play in the match: Highly energetic start from the two teams. While Russia are coming on the back of a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opener, Egypt were beaten 1-0 by Iran in a heart-wrenching manner. The hosts looked to have started the Egypt match from where they left off against Saudi. Nail-biting action underway. RUS 0-0 EGY

23: 31 IST: KICKOFF! We are underway in St. Petersburg as Russia and Egypt go head to head in bid for all three points. While a defeat would put Egypt out of the World Cup, a win for Russi would put them in the Round of 16. All eyes on Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who makes a much-awaited return from injury. RUS 0-0 EGY

23:21 IST: Dzuba will make his debut in this World Cup for the Russian side, and is known to be good in the air. Egypt has a strong defence but are strangely unable to defend the back of the net from aerial shots. The match is about to begin with both the teams chorusing the customary national anthem showing allegiance to their respective countries.

23:15 IST: The Clock is ticking as the first fixture of the round two of the group stages of the group fixtures of the FIFA World Cup. The Egyptians will try to draw some inspiration from their main man while Denis Cheryshev would look to continue his dream run for the Russians.

23: 00 IST: After that opening day 5-0 win, Russia can all but book their place in the knockout stages with a victory over Egypt but with Mohamed Salah back in the line-up the Egyptians wouldn’t go down the way Saudi Arabia did. A win would be welcomed with open arms by Egypt fans but Russia would be eager to continue their hot form.

22: 50 IST: Mohamed Salah finally starts for Egypt and if they are to progress to the Round of 16, the Liverpool man has to fire tonight. Egypt: El Shenawy; Fathi, Hegazi, Gabr, Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, El-said; Trezeguet; Mohsen | Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzuba

Hello and Welcome to the live updates of the first fixture of the second round of the group stages of the FIFA World Cup 2018. It is the third fixture of the group A where Egypt will lock horns with Russia in the Saint Petersburg Stadium in the picturesque island of Kretovsky island in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Russians defeated the Arabs 5-0 in their last outing and are currently the group leaders of their group with three points to their credit. Russia’s main man Cheryshev will look to create more opportunities and goal scoring moments for his team. The Egyptians on the other hand head for their second fixture after conceding a defeat against Uruguay in their first outing this World Cup. Will their starboy Mohammad Salah be able to inspire them to a win, we shall see in sometime.

Poland 1-2 Senegal REPORT: Wojciech Szczesny howler proves costly as first African side claim victory at World Cup 2018

Former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny committed a howler as Poland were humbled by Senegal.

Szczesny was involved in a calamitous second-half mix-up with Southampton defender Jan Bednarek which gifted Senegal a second goal and condemned Poland to defeat.

Poland were already trailing when Szczesny charged from his line towards the ball, only to miss it completely along with Bednarek, allowing Mbaye Niang in to score the decisive second goal.

Niang’s goal owed much to Bharain referee Nawaf Shukralla, who allowed the forward back on to the pitch after having received treatment on the touchline.

Bednarek failed to spot Niang, leading to Szczesny racing towards the ball, with neither Poland player able to clear the danger as the Torino forward took full advantage of the cock-up.

Senegal, conquerers of holders France in 2002, were making their first appearance at the World Cup since then and were worthy winners of the game that completed the first round of group matches.

After defeats for Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia in the opening round of games, Senegal became the first African nation to register a win in Russia.

There was an element of fortune about Senegal’s opener, although the build-up was anything but that, with Mbaye Niang showing great determination to win the ball from Lucasz Piszczek.

Niang slipped the ball to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who in turn found Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. His poor first touch was compounded by a wayward shot, which was going wide until it struck Thiago Cionek, which sent it spinning into the net, Szczesny powerless to stop it from crossing the line.

It was a deserved lead for Sengal, for the enterprise and industry they showed throughout a first-half in which they nullified the threat of Poland’s star man Robert Lewandowski and never allowed their opponents to settle.

Had Senegal shown greater composure in the final third, they may have entered the break leading by a bigger advantage. On several occasions they got in behind Poland’s defence, only for their final ball to let them down at the key moment.

Poland’s fate sealed on the hour with the mix-up between Szczesny and Bednarek, which allowed Niang to slip between them to plunder the winner.

West Brom midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak gave Poland brief hope by scoring with a header four minutes from time, but Senegal held out for the win.

RATINGS

Poland: Szczesny 4, Piszczek 5 (Bereszynski 83), Pazdan 6, Cionek 5, Rybus 6, Blaszczykowski 5 (Bednarek 46, 4), Krychowiak 6, Zielinski 6, Grosicki 6, Milik 5 (Kownacki 73, 5), Lewandowski 5

Senegal: K. N’Diaye 6, Sabaly 6, Koulibaly 6, Sane 7, Wague 6, Gueye 7, A N’Diaye 8 MOTM (Kouyate 87), Diouf 6 (Ndoye 62, 5), Mané 7, Sarr 7, Niang 7 (Konate 75, 5)

FT Poland 1-2 Senegal

Senegal hold on and they top Group H after the opening fixtures!

What a performance from the African side, really setting a marker out for the rest of the tournament.

Poland have been a massive disappointment.

Reaction and report to come.

Four added minutes.

Senegal have reacted well to conceding and have done all they can to waste some vital seconds, winning a corner and a few free-kicks.

Frantic few minutes for Poland now…

GOAL! Poland get one back!

Krychowiak gets Poland back in it.

There was a VAR check for offside but it stands.

Game on!

Sarr goes down in the box and Senegal want a penalty.

The VAR is in work but they agree with the referee’s call.

Poland were not happy at all with Sarr – and rightly so, replays show he has dived.

Sniff of a chance for Poland.

Kownacki gets his head on the ball in the area but the goalkeeper can gather with ease.

That is as good as it has been for Poland.

Very disappointing display.

Aliou Cisse, the Senegal coach, pulled out this celebration for the second goal.

The best thing is that he knew exactly where the camera was on the other side of the pitch.

Top work.

77′

It looks like this one could peter out into nothing.

Senegal have been defending resiliently and Poland look like they are out of ideas.

Just over 10 minutes left in this one but seems like Senegal are going to be leading Group H.

Milik puts it wide for Poland!

Best chance of the game for the trailing side.

Milik makes a run to the front post but can’t wrap his foot around it enough to turn it round the right side of the post.

All the life looks to have been sucked out of Poland now.

They had improved in the second half but that second goal has certainly affected them.

Poland have it all to do – but they’re simply not creating enough chances.

GOAL! It’s two for Senegal!

It’s a horrible mix-up in the Poland defence.

Szczesny comes steaming out of his box but Niang is there to beat him to the ball.

He’s left with an open goal tap in and it’s 2-0!

A little stoppage as players go down injured left, right and centre.

One of those is Diouf, who is being taken off by his manager.

N’Doye comes on to replace him in the front line.

 

Colombia can’t overcome early red card, fall to Japan 2-1

FINAL SCORE: JAPAN 2 – COLOMBIA 1

Group H has gotten off to a wild start.

Japan beat Colombia 2-1 on Tuesday in a game that had all of the banter one could desire. The main talking point came early, when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the third minute, giving Japan a penalty kick which Shinji Kagawa finished cooly. Colombia fought back down a man, however, tying the game up … only to give up another goal on another set piece in the second half.

The first half had everything — a red card, penalty kick, free kick goal, back and forth action, more banter than you could handle. The news heading into the game was James Rodriguez wasn’t going to play because of a calf injury (more on that below), but after that, it was total chaos.

A third minute red card to Carlos Sanchez for stopping a Japan shot with his right arm led to a Shinji Kagawa penalty and a Japan lead. Colombia fought back with 10 men, and earned an equalizer when a semi-questionable call on Radamel Falcao led to a free kick for Quintero, who cheekily placed it under the wall. See all the highlights below.

The second half was an exciting and even affair, with Colombia making some inspired substitutions — including bringing on James Rodriguez in the 59th minute, even though he was fighting through a calf injury.

Colombia had their chances, but it was Japan who broke the deadlock off a corner kick into a scrum, which saw Osako elevate over his defender and head the ball off the far post. Colombia threw caution to the wind for the last 15 minutes, but despite a few chances, they couldn’t break the deadlock.

3’ Colombia red card to Carlos Sanchez, Shinji Kagawa converts the penalty, Japan 1 – Colombia 0

Oh Carlos Sanchez, what were you thinking? A Japan break leads to an open shot, and Carlos Sanchez decides to block it with his arm. Red card.

59’ James Rodriguez substitutes in despite battling calf injury

Before the game, the news was that Rodriguez couldn’t pass a fitness test and wouldn’t start for Colombia as he was dealing with a calf strain. Apparently the injury isn’t so bad that he can’t play at all — Rodriguez just subbed in for goalscorer Quintero with 30 minutes to play and will look to get Colombia a winner.

73’ Goal for Japan! And it’s Osako with a header off a corner kick. Japan 2 – Colombia 1.

The set piece goals are adding up at this world cup.

Why is James Rodriguez not playing for Colombia?

In the run up to this tournament, the Colombia team was tight lipped about the fitness of James Rodriguez, saying he was battling muscle fatigue. But news leaked out that he was actually trying to recover from a calf strain he suffered in the lead up to the World Cup, and wasn’t able to pass a fitness test nor participate in Colombia’s last training session before the Japan game.

Preview:

Colombia and Japan will continue play for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday. The match is set for 8 a.m. ET in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, and you can watch the game on FOX and Telemundo. Online streaming is also available in English through FOX here or in Spanish through Telemundo here.

In Japan’s sixth World Cup appearance, the team will look to midfielder Keisuke Honda for success and a shot at making it to the Round of 16. Colombia won’t be able to rely on James Rodriguez in the opener, as the attacking player was deemed not fit enough to make the starting XI.

This is the first matchup of the group, so both teams are looking for the coveted win to place them at the top of Group H.

Colombia vs Japan Start Time, TV channel, and streaming guides

Time: 8 a.m. ET

Location: Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia

TV: FOX, Telemundo

Streaming: Available for free with TV provider through FOX Sports Go (English) or Telemundo Deportes en vivo (Spanish). Also available on subscriptions services like Fubo and Hulu.

KEY PLAYERS

Colombia will need more from Falcao

With James Rodriguez unavailable due to injury, Colombia will need a bit more from their captain Radamel Falcao, who’s seen a resurgence of play over the past few seasons. The tough and speedy striker would have wanted to be running off passes from James this World Cup, but in the first game at least, it appears he’ll need to produce more by himself.

Japan will look to Shinji Kagawa to make stuff happen

Japan is a team that’s slightly on the older side, but one player absolutely still in his prime is Shinji Kagawa, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder/attacker who will play the creative role for the Japan side. Against Colombia, this team will most likely play physically, stay organized, and look for Kagawa to create on the counter attack.

Colombia vs Japan news to read before kickoff

Falcao to debut at World Cup when Colombia faces Japan

With Radamel Falcao finally healthy enough to play in his first World Cup, Colombia is trying to get accustomed to handling higher expectations. Heading into its tournament opener against Japan on Tuesday, Colombia is no longer the upstart Cinderella story they became four years ago in Brazil, when they advanced to the quarterfinals despite Falcao’s absence.

Earthquake at home, false alarm at hotel disturb Japan’s World Cup team

Japan players received a disturbing news ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Colombia in Saransk. They got to know that Osaka, which is Japan’s second-largest city, was hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, killing three people and injuring over 300.

Egypt is denied its roar for Mohamed Salah as Russia rolls to 2018 World Cup™ win

ST. PETERSBURG — They made the kind of swarming, swirling noise that goes into the ears and commandeers the body and starts sowing the goose bumps, the kind of noise that helps make sports irresistible to those afflicted with them, the kind of noise unattainable elsewhere. They made this noise 30 minutes before kickoff, ringing the stadium as an enormous, electric contingent that could make you feel the bigness of Egypt and its 97 million, until it seemed a whole chunk of Egypt might have dislodged from around the 30 North parallel and made it all the way up here close to the 60.

What’s lousy, then, is that somehow, this World Cup will always ache for the noise they did not make.

They never did get a chance at that boom the ears craved, the one that would have come had these eager fans beheld a World Cup goal by their global star, the beloved Mohamed Salah, at some juncture other than at a 3-0 deficit, which happened to be when he did score (on a penalty) Tuesday night, in his first game back from arduous shoulder rehabilitation. So when they filed out from a 3-1 loss to Russia that effectively snuffed Egypt’s chances of reaching the knockout stage, in their flag capes and their pharaoh hats and all else, a heartfelt summary came from an Egyptian management consultant based for 18 years around Washington, nowadays in Fairfax.

“You have no idea,” Mohannad Gomaa said, and soon after that he said, “It hurts,” and soon after that: “It does hurt.”

[For more on Russia’s performance in the 3-1 victory, scroll down to the match report by Jacob Bogage.]

Gomaa joined 16 other fellow Egyptians from around Washington who had made their various ways to Russia, and they all know that as sport can dole out the din, it also can dish out the meanness, for it just went and threw a whole heap of the latter upon Egypt. Egypt had reached the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years. Its older adults reveled in another chance at the spectacle at last while its young adults reveled in seeing what it all meant. It felt so heady and, as Gomaa described, it had that dimension that somehow, with people being curious beings, makes the thing even more appealing: the presence of a global star, the player of the year in the English Premier League, Salah, aimed toward a first World Cup.

Then on May 26 in the European Champions League final in Kiev, Salah of Liverpool and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid tumbled to the pitch together, and Salah tumbled upon his shoulder, and blame started tumbling everywhere but mostly toward Ramos, and Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp called it “very bad for Mo Salah, for us and for Egypt.”

“It was a nightmare,” said Emr Shousha, a 28-year-old Cairo resident who pointed out that his age matches the duration of the Egyptian World Cup drought.

“We hated it at the final game of the Champions League,” said Ayman Shaadan, a 35-year-old Cairo resident. “We were very upset in Egypt with what happened.”

They said these things beforehand Tuesday night, as they made their way to their seats, as they still walked around with a vibrant and rational hope. In a Group A considered more toothless than other groups, they had lost their opener to Uruguay by 1-0 on an agonizing 89th-minute goal as Salah sat. Now, Salah would return, and if Egypt could squeeze by Russia and then Saudi Arabia after that, maybe it could walk the tightrope from uncertainty to the knockout round.

Salah did appear at least slightly diminished, maybe short of the form that would have come from training for three solid weeks with the national team rather than training alone. He often remained up the pitch early on while Egypt’s defense tried to deal with Russia’s parries. He did wring a big gasp in the 42nd minute when he got a mild chance in the box and wheeled around and sent one just left of the post.

That meant the score stayed scoreless until an outright absurdity on 47 minutes, when Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy punched away a Russia cross, but Russia’s Roman Zobnin fielded it outside the box and tried a clumsy redirection, and that ball went awkwardly left and back into the box, where it caromed off the leg of Egypt defender Ahmed Fathi and trickled into the right side of the goal.

That meant that in their five days of the World Cup, Egypt fans had missed Salah and witnessed both an 89th-minute goal and an own goal even goofier than most own goals. That would be mean, mean and mean.

Russia would get two lovely goals within 15 minutes after that, two accomplishments, and the home crowd would have itself a loud time even as Salah would get his penalty on 73 minutes, but the whole big thing had just deflated and sagged. Egypt didn’t get back into this just to have Manager Hector Cuper say, “Certainly we will try to finish this World Cup in the best possible manner.”

He said: “We all know what Mo Salah means for the national team. He’s a crucial, vital player. He’s a point of reference. He’s given the team great satisfaction . . . We would have all preferred his injury not to have occurred. But that’s the way it is and we go on from there.”

Isn’t that something? You come to a World Cup and you get shoulder rehab and nutty own goal. That made the hope ebb some, Gomaa said, as “it changed the tone 180 degrees.” Now somehow, all that remain are a match with Saudi Arabia and then some memories, such as “being here and feeling the festivities,” Gomaa said, “and seeing Egyptians from all across the world,” plus “just a joy people have in Egypt about the participation.”

They had sung their national anthem stirringly in pregame. They had roared when Salah’s face appeared on the big screen during warm-ups. They had roared at his name during the quick public-address listing of the rosters.

What it might have been to hear those roars even magnified.

Match report

Russia 3, Egypt 1

Russia pulled off another shocking and dominant win Tuesday, a clinical and aggressive 3-1 drubbing of Egypt in St. Petersburg. From the start, Russia’s energy overwhelmed the Pharaohs, who were still able to keep from conceding in the first 45 minutes.

But barely two minutes into the second half, the floodgates opened.

Aleksandr Golovin stepped into a shot from 25 yards out that was headed well wide, but it somehow found the legs of Russia’s Artem Dzyuba and Egypt’s Ahmed Fathi, who were tangling 8 yards out. The carom sent the ball past goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy and the Russian crowd bonkers.

In the 59th minute, Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal of the tournament, tied for the lead with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Three minutes later Russia pulled away with a classy goal from Dzyuba. He controlled a long ball off his chest, then tapped it around an Egyptian defender and volleyed a shot past El-Shenawy, who didn’t have a chance at a save.

Just how incredible has Russia’s two-game run been through Group A? The Russians are ranked No. 70 in the world in FIFA’s rankings. They only qualified for the World Cup as a courtesy to the host nation. Their group draw — with Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt — was called the Group of Life; observers questioned if there was something rotten in the draw because of how favorable it was for Russia. And yet, the Russian were still expected to finish at the bottom of group. Now they have eight goals, and have only conceded one: a penalty shot from Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Tuesday night when there was too little time left for it to matter.

What’s next

Russia: vs. Uruguay in Samara, June 25, 10 a.m.

Egypt: vs. Saudi Arabia in Volgograd, June 25, 10 a.m.

Japan beat 10-man || Colombia 2-1

Japan have created history after becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team in a World Cup match. They had taken the lead minutes after the kick off on account of a straight red card issued to Carlos Sanchez for a deliberate hand ball. Shinji Kagawa converted the resulting spot-kick to put Japan 1-0 ahead. Then, Quintero equalised with a clever freekick before Osako headed a cross from Honda to seal the deal.

FULL TIME: JAPAN 2-1 COLOMBIA. Japan have beaten Colombia!

94′: Carlos Bacca sneaks in from the left. He has all the time and space but a poor delivery sees the ball float well over the goal.

93′: Arias conceded a free kick. Japanese fans are elated.

92′: No real attempt so far. Japan are running out the clock.

90+5′: Five minutes of injury time for Colombia to find an equliser and for Japan to hold on to their lead.

89′:
Mojica on his own from the left flank. A timely challenge from Japanese defender as he is dispossessed. He appeals for a freekick but is denied.

86′: YELLOW CARD TO JAMES RODRIGUEZ for a challenge on Haraguchi.

85′: Into the final five minutes (plus injury time) of the contest. Do Colombia have anything left in the tank to save this game now?

84′: SUBSTITUTION no. 3 for Japan. Yuya Osako makes way for Shinji Okazaki

83′: Osako surges ahead to get hold of a lob but this time Davinson Sanchez is upto the task. Threat averted.

80′: SUBSTITUTION no. 2 for Japan. Yamaguchi comes in for Shibasaki.

79′: Corner for Colombia. Defended. Ball lobs back for the Colombians but they fail to make it count.

78′: CHANCE! A delicious backheel finds James Rodriguez whose powerful left-footed attempt is deflected over the bar. A superb piece of defending from, well, Osako!

77′: Corner for Colombia but it is headed clear.

73′: GOAL! Honda delivers a sumptuous cross from the corner and Yuyu Osako rises and puts the header inside the goalpost. Colombia 1-2 Japan

70′: SUBSTITUTION no.3 for Colombia. Izquierdo out, Bacca out

70′: SUBSTITUTION no.1 for Japan. And it’s Keisuke Honda who comes in for Shinji Kagawa.

68′: It’s a one-way traffic. Japan are the one making all the noise. Colombia yet to come up with a real attacking move in this half

66′: Inui with another move from the left, gets past a couple of Colombian defenders and once again, sends a curler which is headed clear.

64′: YELLOW CARD for Wilmar Barrios after his foul on Kagawa – stood on the Japanese goalscorer’s foot.

61′: Sakai with a low shot towards the goalmouth but he makes a mess of it.

60′: SUBSTITUTION no. 2 for Colombia and it’s James Rodriguez who enters the park amidst a loud reception. He replaces the goalscorer Quintero.

60′: Shibaski lobs a free kick inside the Colombian box and Yoshida makes the leap but his header flies safely over the post.

57′: Ospina is being tested fully here. He has been forced to pull off another tight save. Inui from the left with a curling attempt to the bottom right. Ospina with a full stretch save to palm that away.

54′: Ospina with a brilliant save as Osako drills a low shot to the left post.

48′: It’s a positive start from the Japanese team, Nagatomo bursts through from left and sends a cross to the centre but Murillo clears the danger with a header.

47′: We are underway for the second half

HALF-TIME: COLOMBIA 1-1 JAPAN – Absolutely riveting stuff in the first half. Colombia were down to 10 men after three minutes following a straight red-card to Carlos Sanchez – the second fastest in World Cup history. Shinji Kagawa calmly converted the resulting spot-kick. Then Falcao won a free-kick with the first half coming to an end. Quintero took an excellent freekick with the ball rolling past the wall and away from the grasp of Japanese custodian.

45+1′: One minute of added extra time. It’s 1-1. Colombians do not look they are a man short. They have taken their game to another level after the much-needed equaliser.

42′: Japanese looked unhappy after that goal. What were they contesting? Goalline proved the ball was well inside. They might have been unhappy with the awarding of the freekick as Falcao looked to have gone down easily.

39′: GOAL! A clever freekick from Quintero as his grounded shot gets past the wall and the Japanese goalie! He says it did not cross the line. Umpire go for the VAR. Goalline technology pressed into service and it proves the ball was well past the line.

37′: Falcao goes down rather easily. And the referee has awarded a freekick to Colombia just outside the box. Juan Fernando Quintero with the freekick.

36′: Foul on Falcao. Freekick for Colombia. Well defended by Japan.

34′: CHANCE FOR COLOMBIA! A beautiful lofted pass from outside the box and Falcao sticks out his leg but Ospina comfortable makes the catch.

33′: Nagatomo skips past two defenders and his deflected cross lands at the top of the net. Corner for Japan.

31′: SUBSTITUTION: Colombia with their first of the match – Cuadrado out, Wilmar Barrios in

30′: Japan are sitting deep. And seem happy to hit back on the counter as of now.

29′: Throw in for Colombia. Finds the target but Japan steal the ball. A foul and a freekick for Japan. Meanwhile, Colombian coach is lining up a substitution

25′: A brilliant cross from the left and Cuadrado makes a brilliant run inside but it has been cleared out. Corner for Colombia. Cuadrado makes another attempt but Osako blocks it.

23′: Corner for Japan. A short one this. Japan have conceded a freekick.

22′: A quiet period of play. Fans are egging the players on to engage more. More passes.

19′: Another attack from Colombia. A yellow shirt – Cuadrado – is down. Plays go on. Now a Japanese goes down. But the play continues. No fouls given.

18′: Cuadrado enters the box from the left and after some wriggling manages to get a corner. The referee rules the final touch came from him. So no corner. Goal kick for Japan.

15′: CHANCE for Japan! After some pressure from Colombia, Japan break free after some poor display from the Colombian midfield. And it’s Shinji Kagawa who finds space near the box but he goes for Inui who is free on his left but Inui’s resulting shot is weak. The ball rolls wide of the far post to safety zone.

11′: A freekick to Colombia in a dangerous position. Quintero lobs the ball for Falcao who sticks out his leg to push the ball in but Eiji Kawashima grabs it easily with both his gloves.

10′: It’s been a stunning start to the game. Colombia are trailing 0-1 after conceding an early penalty. They are pushing quite hard to draw level.

8′: Cuadrado surges ahead from the right flank and as enters the box, attempts to pass the ball to teammate Arias. That amounts to zilch as the offside flag goes up.

6′: GOAL! Shinji Kagawa will take the penalty and he calmly deposits it to the left of Colombian custodian David Ospina.

3′: RED CARD for Sanchez for deliberate handball. It’s Penalty for Japan. Falcao is contesting the decision. What a start! After Ospina was made to pull all stops to save a searing shot from Osako, the rebound fell to Kagawa and his shot was blocked by Carlos Sanchez – but with his hand. A straight red-card. And Colombia are down to 10 men. SECOND FASTEST RED CARD IN WORLD CUP HISTORY.

1′: We are underway at Mordovia Arena. Japan will get things started. Oh! It was Falcao who won the toss and therefore there is some delay in the start. Now we are truly undewray. An early free kick for Colombia in their own half. Played back.

#Colombians are in their yellow and white. Japan in Blue

#Teams are out in the park and it’s time for the national anthems

Starting line-ups are in!

Colombia
David Ospina – Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Davidson Sanchez – Carlos Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Jefferson Lerma – Radamel Falcao (capt), Jose Izquierdo

Coach: Jose Pekerman (ARG)

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

Coach: Akira Nishino (JPN)

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the first contest of the day, Colombia face Japan

PREVIEW
Colombia will not take struggling Asian giants Japan for granted when the two sides meet in their World Cup opener in Saransk, Seville striker Luis Muriel said Sunday. “Los Cafeteros” are aiming to top their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago with a talented side rich with the attacking talents of captain Radamel Falcao, Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez and Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado.

Japan are under huge pressure to perform after a string of underwhelming displays in the weeks leading up to the tournament, during which unpopular Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic was replaced by Akira Nishino. The “Blue Samurai” will also be mindful of their 4-1 trouncing to Colombia four years ago, which capped a winless group campaign and sent Jose Pekerman’s men on their way to the last eight — their best-ever performance at a World Cup.