Tottenham linked Wilmar Barrios assesses his World Cup performance

Wilmar Barrios of Colombia battles for possession with Shinji Okazaki of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19,...

Tottenham Hotspur linked midfielder tasted defeat in World Cup opener.

Wilmar Barrios of Colombia battles for possession with Shinji Okazaki of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19,...

Colombia fell to a shock 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan.

It was a disappointing start for the much fancied South Americans, who had Carlos Sanchez sent off after just three minutes.

Wilmar Barrios was a first half substitute as Colombia sought to reshuffle.

The central midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with Argentine outlet Antenna 2 reporting there is an agreement in place for the Boca Juniors ace.

Boca Juniors' Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios (front) celebrates after scoring a goal against Estudiantes during their Argentina First Division Superliga football match at Centenario...

Barrios was booked during his hour on the pitch, and completed 80 per cent of his passes.

Speaking to Bola VIP, Barrios said he thought he played well.

He said: "I felt good, I thought that since I did not come with continuity and it had been a while since I played a game it would be different, but I felt very good, trying to give the group what I could. We hope to adjust the details and the mistakes we made and recover."

Referee Damir Skomina gives a yellow card to Wilmar Barrios as team mate James Rodriguez of Colombia looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan...

The Boca Juniors midfielder missed the final fortnight of league action before the tournament with an injury, which prompted an outcry from the club's fans who thought he was simply trying to preserve himself for Russia 2018.

Colombia face Poland in their next match with both teams looking to bounce back from opening defeats.

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