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>> It's a bit of a plot twist. Russia's the lowest FIFA ranked side of the event, and came into the World Cup amid scepticism at home.>> Aah!>> But two games in, they're top of their group with six points, having thrashed Saudi Arabia five nil in the first game of the tournament.
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>> Aah!>> Some fans said they think the World Cup party atmosphere would show visitors that Russia's a welcoming country.>>
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> Despite ties with the West being a post cold war lows. The World Cup is also making the Tuesday front pages in Tokyo after Japan became the first Asian country to beat a South American opponent in the World Cup, beating Columbia 2-1.
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With Columbia ranked 16th in the world and Japan 61st. It wasn't the expected outcome. Even Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary commented on the victory calling it a historical start. And that the way veteran and young players had come together with something very Japanese.>>
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o.>> They play their second match on Sunday when they face African nation, Senegal.
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>> I love Japan. Nice game.