This World Cup certainly has seen its fair share of shock results with the likes of Germany losing to Mexico and Argentina drawing against Iceland. Another one took place as well, as Japan took on Colombia.
The South American side were expected to breeze past their Asian opponents but a sixth-minute penalty converted by Shinji Kagawa, the former Manchester United player, got things rolling for the Japanese.
Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a handball which led to the penalty but Colombia didn’t let that bring them down as they scored via a smart free-kick from Juan Quintero.
Just when it looked like the South Americans would hold on for a point, Yuya Osako scored in the 73rd minute to ensure Japan collected all three points.
This was the first time an Asian team had defeated a South American one in World Cup history and our old boy, Kagawa was at the middle of it all.
We signed the star midfielder from Borussia Dortmund in 2012 for around £14m and even though he picked up the Premier League title in the 2012-13 season, he didn’t live up to his billing and was sold just two years later to his old club.
Even at 29, Kagawa is doing a fantastic job with the national side and Dortmund, and here’s how the Man United fans reacted to Shinji’s performance.
Kagawa is a intelligent player. Sir Alex signed him as a key playmaker. Won the title and stunning hat-trick vs Norwich in his first season. Moyes & LVG didn’t give him chances. Then again how many mistakes did those 2 guys make??#shinji #japan #mufc #manutd #saf #jose
— D_ManUtd (@itano_mufc) June 19, 2018
— True United (@united_true) June 19, 2018
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) June 19, 2018
Shinja Kagawa. Moyes, what did you do.
— Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) June 19, 2018
Should United fans start an unhealthy obsession with Kagawa just to upset everyone else?
Get in Shinji lad. Come home now son 🙃
— Rolland (@Rolland_Chaser) June 19, 2018
Ferguson wasted him too
— Theatre Of Dreams (@mufc__2016) June 19, 2018
Ferguson wouldn’t play him in his proper position
— AllThingsUnited (@_UnitedStuff) June 19, 2018
Remember when Kagawa went to United and they ruined his career?
— PjanićAttack (@Nihooo1897) June 19, 2018
I miss Shinji Kagawa. Never wanted United to sell him.
— Martin Peart (@MartinPeart) June 19, 2018