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Japan were level before half-time through Takashi Inui’s lovely curling finish, before Yuya Osako hit the crossbar.

Japan and Senegal remain well placed to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup – and a last-16 date with England or Belgium – after an entertaining draw in Ekaterinburg.

It was a much improved performance by Colombia following the disappointing 2-1 defeat by Japan

Radamel Falcao scored his first World Cup goal as Colombia got their tournament in Russia up and running with an impressive victory that ended a lacklustre Poland side’s hopes of reaching the last 16.

“It was unlucky,” said Sweden striker John Guidetti. “It’s completely idiotic to subject him to hate for that.”

Sweden players have defended team-mate Jimmy Durmaz after he received racial abuse after their dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany.

The Toulouse winger, 29, came on after 74 minutes before giving away the late free-kick from which Toni Kroos gave the holders a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

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