Honda drives Japan to deserved 2-2 draw against Senegal

Japanese and Senegal Fans Earn World Wide Respect For Cleaning Up After World Cup Matches- WORLD OF BUZZ

In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.

"Of course, for me I would prefer that Colombia win". A tricky Group D featuring darlings Iceland, risky Nigeria and disrespected Croatia stood between Argentina and its goal of returning to the title match in what could be Lionel Messi's last World Cup. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. The most likely result is a draw which keeps both sides alive for the final matchday in the group play.

Japan came from behind twice to earn the point against the Teranga Lions. "We have to show the world that we are doing something nice", said Senegal fan Gora Ndoye after the match.

Now begins the story of Aliou Cisse, who has attracted worldwide attention in Russian Federation, after getting Africa's first victory at Russian Federation 2018, as a 2-1 victory over Poland in Group H put The Teranga Lions under the spotlight.

WHEN it comes to the FIFA World Cup finals, there is a common denominator that runs among the majority of African representatives - a defeat in the opening game of their latest adventure to try and break barriers by conquering the globe for the first time.

Both Poland and Colombia lost their opening match, to Senegal and Japan respectively, and could be eliminated with another loss.

Japan failed to deal with a right-wing cross with Genki Haraguchi nodding the ball straight to Senegal defender Youssouf Sabaly in the box. Senegal features one of the most balanced sides around and the ability to score on quick counter-attacks or work nice build-up play gives them options.

"Today, we are in a situation in which we are forced to win".

The inspirational Senegal will also look to advance into the knockouts, but it's not going to be straightforward against Japan...

"We've watched the video footage of Senegal players". If they do not, their fate will be in the hands of the match between Mexico and Sweden.

But don't worry, Senegal will make us proud!

Two hours after Japanese coach Akira Nishino said he was ready to mark Mane with up to three players, the Liverpool forward laughingly shrugged off the attention. What they did was not just remain in the race, but convincingly knock Poland out of the tournament.

But they are not out of the woods yet - to have a chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962, Germany must beat South Korea by a two-goal margin in Kazan on Wednesday.

The pressure is now on, not just for Rodriguez, but in the knowledge that Jose Nestor Pekerman's six-and-a-half-year stint - only three other coaches at the World Cup have been in place longer - in charge would have a huge stain should Colombia lose against a Poland side ranked eighth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and also needing a result.

He was brought on in the second half of their first game and didn't do too much other than pick up a yellow card.

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