Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

SARANSK, Russia — Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who gave Japan little chance of competing with Colombia at the World Cup.

Osako's gritty determination to set up one goal and his 73rd-minute header from Keisuke Honda's corner kick lifted Japan to a surprising 2-1 victory over the Colombians on Tuesday.

Osako won a bouncing ball to begin an early sequence that led to a penalty, put Colombia a man down and gave Japan a 1-0 lead when Shinji Kagawa converted from the spot.

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