Honda hits late Japan leveller to blow World Cup group wide open

Japan and Senegal play out entertaining draw

Senegal and Japan were the lowest ranked teams in Group H but they punched above their weights and got victories against Poland and Columbia respectively.

But today they come up against each other with each side determined to make their last group game a mere formality by getting the three points at stake today.

"The same preparation is necessary for Japan, we have to question everything in the same way", said Cisse, the celebrated captain of Senegal's 2002 squad that reached World Cup quarter- finals under French man Bruo Metsu.

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Osorio has still never repeated a starting lineup in two consecutive games since taking over as Mexico coach in the fall of 2015. Hector Herrera won the ball in the Korean half in the 66th.

Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) celebrates with Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe (R) as Senegal's defender Salif Sane kneels on the pitch at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Japan and Senegal at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 24, 2018.

He fired at Eiji Kawashima and the goalkeeper made a mess of it, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

The Japanese pressure did lead to a goal however, as Takashi Inui curled a delicate shot past the clutches of N'Diaye in the Senegal goal.

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And it was Senegal who retook the lead five minutes later as Wague met a ball played across the box and coolly sidefooted into the roof of the net for his first worldwide goal.

Inui then struck the bar from distance after the Senegal defence went AWOL.

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