Scott Murray was watching. Japan scored an early penalty and retook the lead through Osako, holding on for a victory that was the first. Group H has gotten off to a wild start.

SARANSK, Russia — Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup — beat a South American squad on the biggest stage . SARANSK, Russia: Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday (Jun 19), beating . James Rodriguez was a huge absence from the starting line-up their opening game in Russia against Japan. Scoring multiple goals for only the fourth time in World Cup . Colombia kicked-off their World . The South Americans, looking to reach the latter . MAYBE things are yet to really get moving but another night of sparky football is not widely matched today by unfettered praise. Technological difficulties, set-piece importance and a surprise chance of progression.

The win marked the first time a team from Asia . England will face one of Japan , Senegal . Squawka Football on Twitter – There have now been more . Japan have been excellent this half, completely dominating the game. FULL TIME: JAPAN 2-COLOMBIA. Carlos Bacca sneaks in from the left.

He has all the time and space but . A Japanese -Style Early Warning System . Country comparison, you can compare any two countries and see the data side by side. Asians become first country to progress on fairplay record.