Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Mane On Target As Japan Hold Senegal In Four-Goal Thrilling Draw

Mane On Target As Japan Hold Senegal In Four-Goal Thrilling Draw

A late equalizer from Keisuke Honda was enough to claim a point for Japan as they and Senegal both maintained their unbeaten starts in Group H at Russian Federation 2018, placing pressure on Poland and Colombia to ignite their World Cup.

As often is the case, Senegal delivered a sucker punch in the 71st minute when Sabaly turned his marker cleverly and whipped a low cross all the way to the far post, where it was met by 19-year-old Wague with an emphatic finish into the back of the net. The Senegalese squad took down Poland 2-1 to sit alongside Japan in the group table.

"But we were more concerned about him giving positive impact on other players, especially in the first half", Nishino said. "We didn't lose today". "We started this game well". In Mane, the Africans have a player who can win a match on his own.

Honda, Japan's record World Cup goalscorer, would have the final word, though, by netting from close range after goalkeeper Ndiaye had missed a cross completely, for his fourth goal in a World Cup finals.

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.

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Currently, England have two yellow cards to Belgium's three, meaning they currently top Group G by the slenderest of margins. England's Harry Kane celebrates another goal against Panama . "Clearly the stage to do that is this one", said Southgate.

"I don't think it [the delivery] was anything hard but he made that decision which is regrettable", he said.

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.

"Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed", Mane said. He was very bright, offered some good touches, and demonstrated the ability to carry the ball and link up play. Whilst the result was of special significance, as it was the first time that an Asian side had defeated a South American team at a FIFA World Cup. The change from the 4-4-2 he played against Poland showed his attacking intent and his team quickly repaid him. The group is still open at the moment but one thing you can not discount after witnessing the evidence in this match is Japan's strength of character. Senegal has conceded just five goals in their last nine games, with four out of the five goals coming in the second half.

Japan strike late to salvage draw with Senegal and keep qualification hopes alive.

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