But it was all in vain when Japan's Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for the 73rd-minute victor. After less than 200 seconds of their opening match, Colombia were down to ten men when Carlos Sanchez handled Shinji Kagawa's goal-bound effort and was not only sent off, but conceded a penalty from which Kagawa put Japan ahead.
An interesting theory has since come about courtesy of former England striker Alan Shearer, who has suggested that it's entirely possible that this whole situation has been manufactured by Southgate to keep the conversation away from the football itself.
In the same breath, though, as opprobrium continues to rain down on Argentina , let's not forget that they were beaten by a very good Croatia side. "FIFA referees are under clear instructions with regard to their behavior and relationship with the teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia".
Ayton boasts impressive physical tools, as his 7-foot-1 frame, 7-foot-6 wingspan and 9-foot-3 standing reach would indicate. "I don't like it when people think I'm just a guy down low", he said. Before Deandre Ayton was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the first pick of the draft, he had signed a multimillion deal with Puma. "I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank", Ayton said.
Even before his latest injury scare , there were doubts over Neymar's match fitness after a broken bone in his foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February. "Whenever we defend our colours and our shirt we want to win". Reports have emerged of splits in the dressing room and a falling out between players but Ramirez said his team were all pulling in the same direction.
Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye in the 37th minute for a shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal's opener on 37 minutes. Poland heroics were last seen in 1974 and 1982 World Cup when they finished at third place. Referee Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain, a veteran of two World Cup matches in 2014, waved Niang to come back on the field just as Krychowiak lofted a backpass from the centre circle to ...