Senegal, Japan play out exciting draw

Japan pulled off the greatest offside trap in history against Senegal

Japan pulled off the greatest offside trap in history against Senegal

Midfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter on Sunday.

Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal.

In the 72nd minute 19-year-old Moussa Wague put Senegal 2-1 ahead with a superb strike into the top corner for his first senior worldwide goal.

Japan and Senegal are now tied atop the Group H table on three points after pulling off upsets in their first games.

Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye, left, fails to stop a goal from Japan's Takashi Inui, during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. "It is not just Yoshida, but all the players - we are giving them information about Mane, though I am sure he will be in some duels with Mane", Nishino said. "We can't underestimate the Japanese team that played very well".

Ten minutes into the second half, the Africans came close to scoring when Mbaye Niang let fly from long range, but the Japanese keeper made a fantastic save to deny him.

"Senegal is a tough team and this result I hope will lead to success in the next match". Of course there was a way for us to win the match and we didn't do it.

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Aliou Cisse, the coach of Senegal and the captain of the 2002 team that reached the quarterfinals, said his team needs to be more aggressive.

"He can do better, but today he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against Colombia". "We didn't play a great game, but we didn't lose".

"Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed", Mane said.

Senegal had a free-kick in a risky position but Japan pulled off one of the best offside traps you will ever see.

The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Up next for Japan is a meeting with Poland in Volgograd, where Nishino expects his players to be confident.

Japan had scarcely posed a threat during the first half, but they pulled level with their first clear sight of goal after 34 minutes. Surprisingly, Senegal has never lost a group game at the World Cup and will be looking to keep that record intact against Japan.

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