Japan rallies to tie Senegal at World Cup

Carla Harmon
June 25, 2018

Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 on Sunday at the World Cup, leaving the door open for Colombia and Poland to get firmly back into the battle for a spot in the round of 16.

"A player like Sadio Mane is a player with a lot of expectations and he is one of the players under the spotlight".

"Despite that we were leading twice and what is annoying were the two goals (conceded)". In Mane, the Africans have a player who can win a match on his own.

Japan coach Akira Nishino said he plans to hound the star striker out of the game and is prepared to put three men on Mane if necessary. "I have confidence. Our team has the quality to face Colombia", he added, looking forward to Thursday's meeting with the South Americans in Samara.

Japan equalize again! Honda with the goal!

"It is very important to neutralise Mane but we did a pretty good job in dulling his threat, but what we were more anxious about was the impact he has on other Senegal players". Japan play Poland in Volgograd.

"I've been telling (Takashi) Inui and (Ryota) Oshima they need to put on five kilograms and grow five centimeters, but that plan has failed and we just have to figure out something else", he said, as per Mainichi.

Honda has now been directly involved in seven of Japan's last 10 World Cup goals, scoring four and assisting three. "We didn't play a great game, but we didn't lose".

Senegal had the better of the start of the second period with the hulking Mbaye Niang wreaking havoc with a couple of shots but also by flooring any defenders who came near him, drawing blood from one. "We're going to try and manage this and extract the positives, in order to qualify for the last 16".

David de Gea and Willy Cabellero may have dropped shocking clangers so far but Eiji Kawashima has made it two howlers in two games at this World Cup.

The World Cup match between Japan and Senegal will be broadcast live on FOX. "At half time some of the players were saying 'We have done enough, we can settle for a draw.' "But I said that we could win and we will win so we went for victory and that is why I gave them attacking tactics and that is why we are top of the group", said Nishino".

Japan's Genki Haraguchi, left, defends against Senegal's Sadio Mane 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.

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