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Japan, Senegal clash ends with tough draw

A tough match was held Sunday at the Ekaterinburg Arena where Senegal and Japan swap goals, with the African side leading and Asian opponent catching up to equalise.

The game kicked off with Senegal looking more lethal on the pitch with ferocious speed moving forward in a 4-3-3 formation, to put the pressure on the Japanese team.

The Senegalese pressure was on point when a defensive disaster occured for Japan in the 11th minute with a poor clearance of the ball, paving way for team captain Sadio Mane to score the opener to give his team the lead.

The pressure continued on the Japanese defence, but they were still able to come up with a chance after trying to deliver passes from the midfield to the flanks or behind the back-four. It eventually paid off in the 24th minute when Takashi Inui found the net through a curling ball into the far corner, after a fine set-up from Yuto Nagatomo.

The second half toughened up as both sides create pressure with the Japanese team finding more space in the midfield to recovering possession quickly.

Ninteen year old Moussa Wague scored an excellent finisher for Senegal in the 71st minute, from a spectacular set up by Youssouf Sabaly from the left side to reach Wague in the far right putting the ball in the net to regain the lead.

Japan was rescued shortly by Keisuke Honda who was substituted in the 72nd minute and scored the equaliser in the 78th, to make history as the first Japanese player to score at three different World Cups.

Japan coach Nishino spoke to media earlier today saying, “We need to be strong and physical. Senegal have discipline in their team so we are very cautious about their organization,” and Japan did just that today to keep the score leveled at the end.

Japan and Senegal still on top of Group H with four points, unsure of their qualifications statues pending a match between Poland and Colombia.

Source: Kuwait News Agency