Colombia’s Carlos Sánchez became the first player to receive a red card at Russia 2018, sent off after 2 minutes and 56 seconds of their opening Group H clash with Japan for handball.
It’s the second fastest ever dismissal at a finals, but there could be no other option after the midfielder handled Shinji Kagawa’s goal-bound effort.
The South American side managed to equalise following the converted penalty, but Japan scored again midway through the second half to become the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at a World Cup.
These were the best tweets and jokes from Colombia 1-2 Japan on Tuesday:
— Catherine (@catherinetyley) June 19, 2018
— Nïck Müller (@nicky_fizzy) June 19, 2018
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 19, 2018
— Serge Campana (@SC_news_updates) June 19, 2018
— Victoria Dyson (@Dyson4Tea) June 19, 2018
— Ann Odong 🐨 (@AnnOdong) June 19, 2018
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) June 19, 2018
Honda coming on for Japan.
— Coral (@Coral) June 19, 2018
— Andy Mahon (@AndyMahon93) June 19, 2018
*hears screaming in my usually quiet office building
*remembers that we're nextdoor to a Japanese business#COLJPN
— Stuart P (@StuartPrior2) June 19, 2018
— FPL Partridge (@FPL_Partridge) June 19, 2018
These Colombian players better have their head on a swivel when they get home. #COLJPN
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) June 19, 2018
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) June 19, 2018
Haven’t seen Japan fight this hard since Pearl Harbor!! #COLJPN
— Liam McCrellis (@LiamTRFC97) June 19, 2018
— K (@feelingbiebxr) June 19, 2018
— The Football Sack (@TheFootballSack) June 19, 2018
— Kieran Wilson (@kieraanwilson) June 19, 2018
— Anshuman Mishra (@Anshuman86m) June 19, 2018
"In my opinion Keisuke Honda is the best Japanese player of all time. And if any of you listening agree with me, you might say we are in a Honda Accord" #COLJPN
— симон (@simon_breakaway) June 19, 2018
— sotrixbax🇺🇬🇺🇬 (@sotrixbax) June 19, 2018
— Pat (@JuicyJedinak) June 19, 2018
So in this #COLJPN match:
1. The bad guy team cheated
2. Japan waited until the last moment to bring on their star striker…
3. who immediately scored to put them ahead.
I guess it makes sense that Japan's game would follow the script of a sports anime…
— Tom Rivlin (@TomRivlin) June 19, 2018