Japan 2-2 Senegal: Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) – Ekaterinburg, Full Time
Keisuke Honda is now the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history, netting four goals in nine total appearances in the competition.Keisuke Honda was Japan’s hero once again as he rescued a 2-2 draw with Senegal as the two teams remained joint-top of World Cup Group H.
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Both sides come into the clash high on confidence following 2-1 victories over Colombia and Poland, respectively, meaning another victory would all but guarantee a spot in the second round.
Squad and Team News
Japan were impressive in their 2-1 win over Colombia, even if the vanquished played virtually the entire match with ten men. Any question marks raised by the eleventh-hour appointment of coach Akira Nishino were cast aside thanks to a confident showing from Samurai Blue.
Senegal were equally self-assured in a well-earned 2-1 victory over Poland. Another win here and Senegal will be on their way to replicating the glory forged by the nation’s iconic Class of 2002.
Predict Japan Squad: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako.
Predict Senegal Squad: Khadim Ndiaye; Moussa Wague, Salif Sane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Lamine Gassama; Ismaila Sarr, Alfred Ndiaye, Idrissa Gane Gueye, Sadio Mane; Mame Diouf, Mbaye Niang.
And after today’s results, Group H looks like this…
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