Honda drives Japan to deserved 2-2 draw against Senegal

24 June, 2018, 23:58 | Author: Christina Harvey
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There have been many an underdog in the first round of this tournament with Mexico defeating Germany, Switzerland holding Brazil to a draw and also Iceland running away with a superb point versus Argentina.

Colombia take on Poland today at 1pm.

With stars such as Napoli duo Arkadiusz Milik and Piotr Zieliński, Łukasz Piszczek, Wojciech Szczęsny and sharp shooter Robert Lewandowski the Poles were tipped to advance out of this group.

Current World Cup top scorer on five goals after two games, Kane was then substituted for Jaime Vardy up front, to a standing ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans at Nizhny Novgorod.

Senegal-Senegal is a really nice 11/4 shot in the HT/FT market if you are looking bigger, while they're also very backable at 7/2 to cover a one-goal handicap.

"Of course, for me I would prefer that Colombia win".

Japan performed one of the shocks of the tournament in their first group stage fixture.

Senegal must get tight on the midfielders to prevent Japan from easing into their rhythm, but if they do this, they should wrest control of the contest and can exploit their opponents' weaknesses.

This will be the fourth meeting between Japan and Senegal, with the African side unbeaten in the previous three (W2 D1, all friendlies).




Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising of the underdogs at this World Cup, in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites.

With both countries having lost their opening matches in Group H, another defeat at the Kazan Arena on Sunday could signal the end of the road for their World Cup campaigns.

The Confederation of African Football cancelled the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, which had been set for March this year, to help the five African representatives fine-tune their preparations for a crack at this World Cup and make a huge impression at the showcase.

27-year-old midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi said that though they are still enjoying the opening win, everyone now is preparing for the next match.

However, substitute Keisuke Honda restored parity for Japan six minutes after coming on, slotting in past two sprawling Senegalese defenders. "Koulibaly needs to show his qualities, and Sane the same".

Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagamoto; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako.

Kane became just the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament. The lightning-quick forward has registered 10 goals and 7 assists in 29 Premier League matches for Liverpool and a further 10 goals and 1 assist for Liverpool in their road to the UEFA Champions League Final.

Kalidou Koulibaly is also a player to keep an eye on, his physical assurance at the back will make it hard for Osako and co.

He failed to register a goal or an assist versus Poland but will look to threaten a shaky Japanese back-line which lacks pace.

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