ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage.
It was the ideal start to their campaign, making Japan the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup.
Spain will also play Iran at the Kazan Arena.
Meantime, Senegal front-man M'Baye Niang was waiting on the sideline after being treated for injury when the move that led to his side's second goal started. "I'm not sure if Senegal played well or we were so bad". Thus far, the World Cup has been hard to predict, with some of the best teams falling to underdogs and confounding the experts.
Images from the aftermath of the Japan-Colombia match showed Japanese fans, some armed with plastic bin bags they had brought along with them, similarly clearing their portion of the stadium. "We managed to overcome this in the first half and tie the score".
Rostov's police press service told Russian media it has employed professional translators and volunteers who speak Spanish, English, Arabic and French for the period of the World Cup.
When Osako fired in a shot from Japan's first attack, Sanchez blocked the effort with a raised arm and referee Damir Skomina showed him a straight red card after pointing to the spot without referring to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Senegal's victory made them the only African team to win in the first round of matches.
The second games in Group B happen tonight with Portugal facing Morocco at midnight and surprise table-toppers Iran meeting Spain at 6am.