Japan and Senegal drew 2-2 in Group H at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday after Sadio Mane, Takashi Inui, Moussa Wague and Keisuke Honda all scored at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
Japan began to play more aggressively in the midfield in the second half, forcing Senegal to attempt more passes from distance toward the box.
The Senegalese threat continued to mount after the break, with M'Baye Niang having a shot pushed away by Eiji Kawashima but Japan would go closest to taking the lead as that man Inui struck the crossbar with a curling shot from the left.
Incidentally, while Wague became Africa's youngest World Cup goalscorer, the man who equalised for the Blue Samurai - Keisuke Honda - became Japan's oldest goalscorer at 32.
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Elle sera diffusée sur TF1 et Bein Sport 1, chaîne du groupe beIN Sports , qui détient l'intégralité des matchs de la compétition. Brillant pour son retour dans le onze de départ, Rodriguez a offert le troisième but à Cuadrado dans la foulée (74e, 3-0).
Japan and Senegal are now tied atop the Group H table on three points after pulling off upsets in their first games.
Senegal became the first African nation to open with a win in this year's World Cup when they knocked off Poland 2-1.
Japan and Senegal face off against each other on Sunday knowing that the victor of this match will all but ensure qualification to the next round of the World Cup.
Entering the day the Asian side were joint-top of the group alongside Senegal, but found themselves trailing after Moussa Wague's 71st minute strike. And in this game they came from behind twice to draw with a Senegal XI more seasoned and high-profile and, crucially, who have had the same coach for three years.
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"But we were more concerned about him giving positive impact on other players, especially in the first half", Nishino said. "He's a bit shy but he is a very good player", Southampton center back Maya Yoshida said.
Osako possesses a quiet confidence, according to another Germany-based player, attacking midfielder Takashi Usami.
Now Japan turn their attention to Poland in Volgograd on Thursday. The substitutions also worked well and I think I did very well with the timing of those. "We're going to try to manage this and extract the positive points to qualify for the last 16".
Both teams had chances to reclaim the lead before half-time.
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Les deux agresseurs volent la carte bleue de la victime et ils partent vers le sud-est, en emmenant de force l'étudiant. Grâce au témoignage de la victime, les policiers sont parvenus à identifier le véhicule et son propriétaire.
With a victory against Japan, they will be looking to continue in their quest to emulate the 2002 World Cup squad or maybe even go further by reaching the Semi-Finals.