FIFA WC 2018: Japan & Senegal Ends In 2-2 Draw, Keep Last 16 Hope Alive


Moscow:  An entertaining match between Japan and Senegal ends in a 2-2 draw at the  Ekaterinburg Arena Stadium. Mane and Moussa Wague scored for Senegal while Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda equalised twice for Japan. Both teams looked good in the final third and deserved a point. Japan and Senegal lead the Group H points table with four points each.

It’s 2-2 with 12 minutes to go in regulation after Keisuke Honda scored an equalizer for Japan to offset a goal from Senegal’s Moussa Wague in the second half. Mbaye Niang back heeled a feed from Youssouf Sabaly and Wague swooped in from the right and drove it hard past Eiji Kawashima in the 71st minute.

Honda had just come as a substitute in the 72nd to replacing Shinji Kagawa and scored six minutes later from close range.Both teams won their opening matches 2-1. Earlier,Senegal and Japan were drawing 1-1 at halftime during their World Cup clash in Yekaterinburg after Sadio Mane saw his early goal cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s equalizer.

Senegal took the lead in the 11th minute when Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima punched a cross into Mane’s leg and the ball bounced back over the line and in, before Inui’s curled finish on 34 minutes meant the sides went in level at the break. A win for either side would put them in the driving seat at the top of Group H.

Earlier, Sadio Mane has his first goal of this World Cup, giving Senegal a 1-0 lead over Japan. The Senegal striker found himself in the right place at the right time in the 11th minute, deflecting in a missed shot by Youssouf Sabaly past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Mane rarely threatened in Senegal’s opening win over Poland, but said prior the game that he hadn’t lost confidence in his scoring ability. Senegal dropped Stoke City’s Mame Diouf in favour of clubmate Papa Alioune Ndiaye for Sunday’s crucial World Cup Group H match against Japan, who are unchanged.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane will again captain the Senegal side and he will be partnered by Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang in a three-pronged attack.

Ndiaye, better known as Badou, comes in into the midfield in Senegal’s only change following their 2-1 victory over Poland.

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