Japan vs Senegal draw keeps World Cup last-16 hopes alive

Japan vs Senegal draw keeps World Cup last-16 hopes alive

Japan and Senegal could not be separated in a Group H clash after they played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the 2018 World Cup on Sunday evening.

"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".

Against Colombia, he was the one who both won the penalty, when his shot on goal was blocked illegally by Carlos Sanchez, and converted it. Juan Fernando Quintero leveled the score before the half, but the Colombians eventually cracked.

For the second straight match, Japan had high-profile support in the stands.

In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.

M'Baye Niang scored the victor against Poland, and the Torino striker is likely to lead the line again on Sunday. Niang got to the pass first, chipped it past Szczesny, and then ran the ball into the net.

With Japan coach Akira Nishino indicating he will send out a similar starting 11 in Yekaterinburg, Osako looks set to once again take a leading role as the Samurai Blue try to break down Senegal's mobile and organized defenders.

It's all very tight in Group H. If one team manages to win, though, it will be ensured of passage into the second round.

On the eve of their showdown with the Lions of Teranga, the Werder Bremen forward said Japan could not use the three points from its 2-1 opening win over Colombia as an excuse to settle for a share of the spoils at Ekaterinburg Arena.

Japan became the first by an Asian team over a nation from South America in the history of the World Cup. Live streaming is available on FOX Sports, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the FOX Sports app.

The 26-year-old Liverpool winger, playing in his first World Cup, was named man of the match, largely because of his goal.

Senegal and Japan control their own destinies as they head into their third group games. But the team were calm after conceding goals and it was positive that we were able to equalise twice. Japan's two goals against Colombia came on a penalty and a corner kick. "We need to analyse this situation better".

Cisse revealed his team had done proper homework on how to shut dreaded Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the Poland match, and defensive discipline worked.

Related Articles