Japan's Hiroki Sakai in action with Colombia's James Rodriguez

No Colombian Salsa as James Rodriguez Fails to Deliver Victory Against Japan

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Colombia's golden boy who lit the game for the South American nation in the 2014 World Cup, didn't repeat his success in the match against Japan, disappointing thousands of fans ready to see the players in yellow T-shorts dance their victorious salsa moves.

In what was the first match ever when an Asian team defeated South American opposition at the FIFA World Cup tournament, Japan beat Colombia 2:1 on June 19.

Colombian Midfielder James Rodriguez, nursing an injury, came in on the second half of the game, but didn't manage to score. The 26-year-old player was Colombia's rising star during the 2014 championship in Brazil, and together with his teammates performed a memorable celebratory dance when he scored against Ivory Coast exactly four years ago.  

Colombia's loss was largely unexpected, stirring an array of emotions online expressed by fans from both sides. 

Japan and Colombia are to take on Senegal and Poland as part of Group H matches. 

For more information on World Cup news, fixtures, results, venues, city guides and analysis, visit the World Cup 2018 Russia page. 


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