Japan's Princess Takamado seen in Russia's Saransk

Elena Summers
June 23, 2018

The most goals scored in a game occurred during Portugal vs. Spain, followed by Russia's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.

When Osako fired in a shot from Japan's first attack, Sanchez blocked the effort with a raised arm and referee Damir Skomina showed him a straight red card after pointing to the spot without referring to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

"Both teams need to win ... our team is very competitive and the match has to be played as if it were a final".

Japan's hopes of winning their opening World Cup fixture on Tuesday have been written off before a ball has been kicked - by a chirpy parrot believed to possess psychic powers.

The princess, who is the first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russian Federation since 1916, watched the Samurai Blue beat Colombia in their World Cup opener and will attend Sunday's match against Senegal in Ekaterinburg.

"Foreign tourists who have come to support Switzerland called us and said they were looking for a hotel", local police said in a statement on Monday.

"It is tough to lose a player (Sanchez) so early, especially one so important", said Pekerman.

Following the unfancied side's 2-1 victory over their South American opponents, the diligent fans were filmed putting plastic cups, bottles, cardboard and food waste left scattered below the stadium's eye-catching acid orange seats into blue bin bags.

The Lions of Teranga were redubbed the Pride of Africa as Senegal sank Poland 2-1 at the Spartak Stadium in the second WC fixture of day six.

However, the odds are not good for Japan upsetting Colombia in Saransk as Olivia has an uncanny knack for being right. Colombia's Juan Quintero equalized the score in the 39th minute while Japanese forward Yuya Osako secured Japan's 2-1 win in the 73rd minute.

World Cup games are known for starting on time, but not this one.

Poland, on the contrary, looked frustrated - especially at the fact the Senegalese had taken Polish playmaker Lewandowski out of the game through clever marking.

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