Senegal vs Japan preview: All to play for in Group H

Jun 24, 2018, 20:58
Senegal vs Japan preview: All to play for in Group H

Panama, for its part, has played the role of a team happy to be here.

Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a attractive strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in his second and England's fourth after a cleverly worked free-kick routine.

"It should have been worse", he said.

The disciplinary records of Spain and Portugal could be used to decide the winners of the World Cup's Group B if they both win by the same scoreline in their final qualification matches.

The victor of their match in Yekaterinburg would be on the brink of advancing to the knock out stage, while a draw would mean both remain in contention.

Colombia were also missing a big player and they will hope James Rodriguez is fit enough to start, with the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor only fit enough for a 59th-minute substitute appearance against Japan. Nigeria is the other.

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

Japan may have begun their campaign with a victory over Colombia, but they were still poor and demonstrated their weaknesses - despite being a man up from the three-minute mark.

Japanese fans have a reputation for tidiness having previously stayed behind to clean up after themselves after a 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Kagoshima Prefecture native also made a vital contribution at the defensive end, tracking back to block a close-range shot from James Rodriguez as Colombia desperately pressed for a late equalizer. He is the only black coach at this World Cup.

Colombia's all-time leading scorer and his teammates are taking on Poland's all-time leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, and his teammates in a tense contest on Sunday. 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.

As a result, Poland or Colombia can win today and pull within a point of first place with a game to go.

The tournament couldn't have started much worse for Colombia.

Japan is to play Senegal on Sunday and Poland on June 28.

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 their World Cup chances have been put in jeopardy with a Grzegorz Krychowiak goal failing to cancel out Thiago Cionek's own goal and Niang's strike.

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"It will be like a final", he said.

"Since I made that my target, I've just focused on that. And we must do everything possible to win", Falcao said at Colombia's training base in Sviyazhsk just outside Kazan.

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