Japan pull off greatest offside trap in history against Senegal

25 June, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Senegal became the first African nation to open with a win in this year's World Cup when they knocked off Poland 2-1.

Senegal took the lead in the 12th minute after Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima's poor clearance ricocheted off Sadio Mane at the near post and sailed into the back of the net, 0-1.

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.

After winning their opening games, three points for either side would have made them outright Group H leaders and put them in pole position for a last-16 berth.

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"He's not particularly talkative with the media, but I think that's because he's just naturally a pretty quiet guy".

With no major injury concerns for his squad, Aliou Cisse will most likely start the same 11 that started the match against Poland. All I know is at this level of competition with the players we have today, who are world-class, these were avoidable goals.

"Whether it's Sane or Koulibaly, they're great players".

Inui nearly turned the game around for Japan 20 minutes into the second half, but his fine effort came back off the bar.

"We're a bit disappointed... there was a way to win this match", added Mane, who failed to exert his influence despite scoring.

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The Japanese pressure did lead to a goal however, as Takashi Inui curled a delicate shot past the clutches of N'Diaye in the Senegal goal. "And that's normal because there was a way to win this match". But Japan stunned 10-man Colombia and Nishino revealed that some of his players had wanted to settle for a draw after 45 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1.

"We have a decisive game coming up", Mane said.

Senegal's Sadio Mane, top right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his site's first goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. "We're going to try and manage this and extract the positives, in order to qualify for the last 16".

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