Japan rally twice to claim draw with Senegal

Japan rally twice to claim draw with Senegal

Japan rally twice to claim draw with Senegal

England can secure qualification to the knockout stages at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Group H will complete play on Sunday, ending match day 2 in Russian Federation.

Six minutes later, it was a done deal.

"No.4 is harmony. We all want to achieve the same goal, and we can feel that harmony now". In excellent striking form with Bayern Munich - he scored 41 goals in 48 matches - Lewandowski started his preparations for the World Cup earlier than for the European championship in a bid to arrive fresher. No matter. With Japan and Senegal atop Group H with four points apiece and Colombia now sitting just behind on three, there's an terrible lot left to play for.

Carlos Sanchez of Colombia is sent off by referee Damir Skomina in their match against Japan. The Bayern Munich player's six goals in the 13 qualifying games he started - a hard feat in CONMEBOL qualifying, especially with four of them coming away from home - highlight how vital he is.

Group H had always been an evenly balanced group in terms of relative ability but few would have expected Japan to have beaten this Colombian side.

Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal.

"I think this is one of the greatest joys we received tonight", said the 68-year-old.

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"The physical quality of Senegal versus the technical quality of Japan".

Moussa Wague thought he had won the match for his country with his maiden global goal, blasting home from close range in the 71st minute after being sent through on goal by Mbaye Niang's failed back-heel effort.

A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly's feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender's stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane's knee. Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation's only previous World Cup appearance. "We didn't lose today". "It is not just Yoshida, but all the players - we are giving them information about Mane, though I am sure he will be in some duels with Mane", Nishino said.

"In the national team there is no drama, we have all spoken quietly, recognising that we lost a game that we should have won, but now we have to look ahead and take this forward". I'm not sold on Poland outside of Lewandowski as a striker and I'd expect the more complete side to get the 3 points they need to stay alive in this group.

After the game was over, the Japanese and Senegalese fans - equipped with blue trash bags - joined forces to clean the stadium. Without Sanchez partnering with Abel Aguilar in defence, Los Cafeteros face an uphill task of having to beat Poland who, after having been beaten convincingly by Senegal, will be desperate to notch a win of their own.

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

The second half was just as exciting as the first.

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