Japan come back twice to take a point against Senegal

Tonya Becker
June 25, 2018

Senegal could become the first African country to book a spot in the round of 16 of the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation, with win against Japan on Sunday evening.

Japan fell behind when Eiji Kawashima tried to punch clear a low cross and succeeded only in firing the ball off the legs of Mane and back into his own net, but Nishino is not concerned about the impact of the error on the morale of the experienced goalkeeper.

Though he did not elaborate on the lapses, the comment was particuarly true of the Keisuke Honda tap-in that made it 2-2, after full-back Moussa Wague had put Senegal ahead for the second time. Japan-Poland and Senegal-Colombia can be streamed on fuboTV (Try for free).

"What we were more concerned about was him giving a positive impact to other players, especially in the first half when we let him and other players play too freely". "We can't underestimate the Japanese team that played very well".

"Whether it's Sane or Koulibaly, they're great players".

With Japan having struggled to score throughout much of its World Cup preparation, the Samurai Blue will be hoping Osako can continue to make inroads against opposing defenses in their remaining group matches and beyond.

"But after that I think we did pretty well".

But Japan didn't waste time to get back into it, scoring 20 minutes later off a fine finish from Takashi Inui.

Aliou Cisse, the coach of Senegal and the captain of the 2002 team that reached the quarterfinals, said his team needs to be more aggressive. The change from the 4-4-2 he played against Poland showed his attacking intent and his team quickly repaid him. Senegal has conceded just five goals in their last nine games, with four out of the five goals coming in the second half.

Senegal's Sadio Mane, top right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his site's first goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018.

While Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are already making plans to return home after failing to secure a point, Senegal can still ensure Africa has at least one representative in the last 16.

But 16 years on from their debut World Cup, the Teranga Lions continue to win new fans in Russian Federation.

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