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Japan players celebrate during their World Cup warm-up match against Paraguay on June 12, 2018
Japan pull off a surprise result by beating Colombia 2-1 at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, aided by a red card shown to Carlos Sanchez less than three minutes in.
Next Game: Japan vs. Senegal - Sunday, June 24 at 4pm in World Cup
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Japan manager Akira Nishino on May 30, 2018
Akira Nishino: 'Too early for Japan to celebrate'
Akira Nishino congratulates his Japan players on their 2-1 win against Colombia, but warns that there is still more work to be done.
Jun 19, 16:20
Japan players celebrate during their World Cup warm-up match against Paraguay on June 12, 2018
Result: Japan punish 10-man Colombia in Saransk to make winning start
Japan pull off a surprise result by beating Colombia 2-1 at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, aided by a red card shown to Carlos Sanchez less than three minutes in.
Jun 19, 14:53
James Rodriguez in action for Colombia on May 26, 2018
Team News: James Rodriguez misses out for Colombia
James Rodriguez misses out on a place in the starting lineup as Colombia face Japan in the World Cup.
Jun 19, 12:08
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman on March 27, 2018
Live Commentary: Colombia 1-2 Japan - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Japan's 2-1 win against Colombia, as the Samurai Blue made their one-man advantage count in Saransk.
Jun 19, 12:00
The Japan team line up before their friendly game with Switzerland on June 8, 2018
World Cup preview: Japan
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews the chances of Japan as they prepare for their sixth consecutive tournament.
Jun 13, 17:00
Takashi Inui celebrates scoring during the international friendly between Japan and Paraguay on June 12, 2018
Result: Takashi Inui nets brace as Japan beat Paraguay
Real Betis forward Takashi Inui scores twice as Japan record a 4-2 win over Paraguay in Tuesday's international friendly.
Jun 12, 15:56
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Japan announce Akira Nishino appointment
The JFA announce that Akira Nishino has been appointed as the new manager of Japan ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Apr 9, 16:55
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Japan sack Vahid Halilhodzic ahead of World Cup
Japan decide to part company with manager Vahid Halilhodzic, just two months ahead of their appearance at the World Cup.
Apr 9, 12:26
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Result: Romelu Lukaku becomes Belgium's record goalscorer as Red Devils see off Japan
Romelu Lukaku becomes Belgium's all-time leading goalscorer by finding the net in their 1-0 win over Japan.
Nov 14, 22:14
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia?
Sports Mole rounds up who has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far, and how they got there.
Oct 11, 12:25
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Report: Japan hopeful of appointing Marcelo Bielsa
Marseille head coach Marcelo Bielsa is a target for the Japanese Football Association, according to reports.
Feb 20, 02:54
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Laudrup confirms Japan interest
Michael Laudrup, who is currently in charge of Qatari side Lekhwiya SC, confirms that he has been approached by Japan over their vacant managerial position.
Feb 18, 16:18
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Japan sack coach Javier Aguirre
Japan dismiss coach Javier Aguirre following allegations of match-fixing during his time in charge of Real Zaragoza in Spain.
Feb 3, 10:32
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Result: Neymar stars as Brazil thrash Japan
Neymar scores all of Brazil's goals as they beat Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore.
Oct 14, 13:38
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Shinji Kagawa to miss Brazil clash
Concussion rules Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa out of Japan's international friendly with Brazil on Tuesday.
Oct 11, 12:49
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Javier Aguirre reveals reasons for leaving Espanyol
New Japan boss Javier Aguirre admits that he left Espanyol this summer because he had no money to improve the squad.
Sep 9, 17:45
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Report: Juventus target Liverpool's Glen Johnson
Juventus reportedly line up a move for Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Sep 9, 02:39
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Javier Aguirre becomes Japan's national team coach
Japan appoint Javier Aguirre as Alberto Zaccheroni's replacement after the Italian stepped down following an unimpressive World Cup campaign.
Jul 24, 15:47
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Shinji Kagawa: 'Japan are not good enough'
Shinji Kagawa admits that Japan do not possess enough quality in their side following their World Cup exit.
Jun 27, 18:27
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Alberto Zaccheroni quits as Japan coach following World Cup exit
Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni resigns from his post in the wake of the Asian champions' first-round exit at the World Cup, it has been reported.
Jun 25, 20:55

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