"To score a goal at the World Cup has been a dream for me since I was little, so I was extremely happy", said the match-winner. Coming in the third minute, it was the second fastest red card in World Cup history and the first of this year's tournament.
The current Colombian squad has a richer blend of talent and is widely expected to prevail over a team such as Japan, which recently changed coaches in hopes of addressing communication problems and bouts of inconsistency.
He did not speak to print reporters and did not address the incident in comments to TV Globo.
With Japan dominating in midfield, Colombia's Argentine coach Jose Pekerman opted to sacrifice Juan Cuadrado around the half hour mark to send on defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios.
Stay tuned for more action as the upcoming group games promise a treat for fans, such as when Argentina plays Croatia on Thursday, June 21, Germany faces Sweden on Saturday, June 23, and England plays Belgium the following Thursday, June 28.
"We will wait for a final review on James", Pekerman said Monday, indicating his lineup won't be decided until the last minute.
'Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado is the Honorary Patron of the Japan Football Association.
Senegal took full advantage of their opponents' errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match at Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
Be that as it may, Sanchez's red is fascinatingly one of the longest a World Cup tournament has gone without one in a single campaign. "But instead of partying in the minutes after the end of the game, they tasked themselves with cleaning up their section before leaving". In excellent striking form with Bayern Munich - he scored 41 goals in 48 matches - Lewandowski started his preparations for the World Cup earlier than for the European championship in a bid to arrive fresher. He is very tidy with the ball and retains possession very well from the front, which will make him a very key asset to Japan's World Cup efforts.
Both teams were disappointing in their opening games.