Japan profited from Colombia’s nightmare start to the World Cup as they secured a victory against 10 men in their Group H opener in Saransk, despite James Rodriguez’s late introduction. Colombia conceded a penalty and had a man sent off inside three minutes, with Carlos Sanchez dismissed for handling Shinji Kagawa’s shot at a goal 

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Former Manchester City full-back Aleksander Kolarov scored a stunning free-kick as Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 in their opening Group E match. The 32-year-old struck from 25-yards-out midway through the second-half as the European nation won the first ever match between the two sides. It was a deserved win for Serbia, who enjoyed slightly less 

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It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing victory, but Croatia earned the full three points by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in Kaliningrad on Saturday. Juvenus forward Mario Mandzukic’s diving header caused an own goal in the first half, and he drew a penalty that Luka Modric converted in the second. With the relatively painless victory, Croatia goes 

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