A World Cup Group H match Sunday proved to be tough on both sides of the pitch, with Senegal’s manager not too pleased with his team’s performance, while Japan’s manager knew what to expect coming out of the match with one point.
Aliou Cisse, Senegal’s coach was not satisfied saying, “Of course we have regrets. We must acknowledge that we didn’t see a great Senegalese performance tonight in comparison to the match against Poland. We were not very good frankly, and Japan were the better team, I have to admit that. But despite that fact, we led twice and what’s annoying for me is the two goals we conceded.” Cisse added, “Japan played as expected; they are very technical team with such good quality in that respect. Now we have to hope for the best when we face Colombia.” The Japanese manager, Akira Nishino said, “It was a tough match, and we always knew it was going to be tough. We knew Senegal were not a team we could win easily against. But the team were calm after conceding goals and it was positive that we were able to equalize twice.” Nishino added, “We constructed attacks well and played in our rhythm. The substitutions also worked well and I think I did very well with the timing of those. The players were very confident and positive, and I myself thought we could have gone for the victory.” Japan and Senegal still on top of Group H with four points each.
Colombia is leading Poland 1-0 in the first half of their game.
Source: Kuwait News Agency