Japan makes World Cup history, Russia close to advancing

Japan made World Cup history on Tuesday, while Russia moved to the brink of advancing to the knockout stage.

The Japanese beat Colombia, 2-1 to become the first Asian team to beat a South American squad in the tournament. Colombia was reduced to 10 men early when midfielder Carlos Sanchez received a red card for handling a goal-bound shot in the third minute.

The Russians scored three times in 15 minutes early in the second half to earn a 3-1 victory over Egypt. The host country could celebrate a spot in the round of 16 as early as Wednesday if Uruguay wins or draws against Saudi Arabia.

In Tuesday's other World Cup match, Senegal took a first-half lead on an own goal and held off Poland, 2-1.

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