World Cup roundup: Host Russia eyes second round with win over Egypt
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—World Cup hosts Russia kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second-round place with a 3-1 win over Egypt in their Group A match at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.
Russia's place in the knockout stages will be secured on Wednesday if Uruguay can avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in the next Group A game.
Ahmed Fathi put the ball into his own net two minutes after halftime, followed by two goals in a three-minute spell from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba around the hour mark as Russia took their tournament goal tally to eight in two games.
Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah, playing for the first time since injuring his shoulder in last month's Champions League final, pulled one back from a 73rd minute penalty, awarded after a review by the video assistant referee.
Japan 2, Columbia 1
The second-fastest red card in World Cup history put Colombia in an early hole and Japan scored again in the 73rd minute to claim an historic 2-1 victory in Group H play on Tuesday in Saransk.
Asian Football Confederation teams had been 0-17 against South American opponents all-time at the World Cup.
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez received a red card for a deliberate handball. Japan took advantage as Shinji Kagawa nailed the penalty for a 1-0 edge six minutes into the match.
Juan Quintero tied the game late in the first half and Colombia appeared to receive a boost with star James Rodriguez, who hadn't played in the game due to a calf injury, entered in the 59th minute.
But Japan held off multiple scoring chances and punched in a header off the corner post from striker Yuya Osako for what proved to be the winning score.
Senegal 2, Poland 1
With the help of a controversial tally, Senegal surged to a two-goal lead against Poland and hung on for a 2-1 win in Moscow to complete the second upset of the day in the opening matches of Group H play.
Senegal got on the board in the 37th minute when a shot by Idrissa Gueye was deflected by Poland's Thiago Cionek, wrong-footing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as he dove to his right and the ball redirected to his left. The score was marked as an own goal by Cionek.
The advantage was doubled in the 60th minute when Senegal's M'Baye Niang—who had been off the field receiving treatment for an injury—came back onto the pitch and immediately chased down a back-pass from Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak to Szczesny. Szczesny came far off his line to clear it but Niang got there first, poking it past the keeper before depositing the ball into the vacated net. The goal stood despite complaints from Poland, as the head referee had approved Niang to re-enter.
Krychowiak brought Poland back within one with a header off a free kick in the 86th minute, but Senegal keeper Khadim N'Diaye stymied the favorites' desperation attempts to equalize in the final minutes.