Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the opening minutes of their Group H match against Japan for a deliberate handball inside the box, to become the second fastest to be sent off in a World Cup match.Ex-Aston Villa ace Sanchez was given his marching orders two minutes and 56 seconds into the game when his arm denied his Japanese opponent a clear shot at goal. There was little but no choice for referee Damir Skomina to send the defender off.The fastest-ever though still remains Jose Batista, who was sent off inside the first minute for fouling Gordon Strachan in 1986 World Cup match between Scotland and Uruguay. He was sent off in just 54 minutes.WORLD CUP DAY 6 LIVE COVERAGESanchez became the first player to be red-carded in this year’s World Cup and will surely be suspended for his actions. He could also face further repercussions for refusing to immediately leave the field of play as Colombia’s players protested the decision. He is also the first Colombian to be sent off in a World Cup. Shinji Kagawa stepped up for Japan and slotted the ball past keeper David Ospina to take the lead. Juan Cuadrado was taken off the field to be replaced by Barrios as defensive reinforcement.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut the joy was short lived for Japan as Juan Quintero as Colombia equalised six minutes before the interval when his low free kick squeezed over the line, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.advertisementWith the goal Quintero became first player to score in two different World Cup tournaments for Colombia (2014 & 2018). Incidentally there have been more direct free-kick goals scored in just 15 games at this World Cup than there were in the entire 2014 edition.Japan became the first team to beat a South American team with a 2-1 win over Colombia at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)
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