Honda hits late Japan leveller to blow World Cup group wide open

Posted June 24, 2018

Panama, though, proved against a powerful Belgian side that they won't be walkovers as they held Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard at bay in the first half, before conceding three goals in the second.

Cisse and his men are now dreaming of a repeat of their run to the quarter-finals in 2002 - he captained that team.

Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute, deflecting the ball into the net for his first World Cup goal, but Takashi Inui equalized with a well-placed shot from inside the area in the 34th.

Poland's top all-time scorer, Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, has his own designs on controlling play after Poland was let down by its defense against Senegal. 22 of the 23 members of the squad ply their trade in Europe with goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye being the only player playing outside of Europe in this squad.

Senegal: N'Diaye, Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly, Sarr, N'Diaye, Gueye, Niang, Mane, Diouf.

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After scoring his first worldwide goal, which proved to be a decisive second for Senegal against Poland, M'Baye Niang said that the story is still not over as they have a lot more to achieve. "(Reaching the knockout stage) isn't something we can think about", said the 27-year-old, who earlier this month joined Bundesliga side Hannover on a three-year deal.

Sunday's match will be the first competitive meeting between the two countries.

Senegal on the other hand, too came out with an impressive all-round show against Poland, beating them 2-1.

There's very little to separate all four teams in this group, and it should be a fascinating evening.

But, the brutal reality is that none of the five African countries who are in Russian Federation arrived there ranked among the top 20 nations, in the world, on the FIFA world rankings.

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Four years on and having relaunched his career with Monaco following a disastrous spell in England with Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has the chance to showcase the predatory talents that steered Atletico Madrid to the Europa League and Spanish Super Cup victories in 2012.

The Pachuca playmaker, however, did not outwardly show any ill effects as he jogged around the Rubin Kazan practice pitch alongside a member of the team training staff.

The forward ended the match with a pass accuracy of 83% with 1 shot, 2 key passes and 52 touches.

"We are now facing two teams who need to win, so for us these games will be like finals".

Defying expectations, Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in its opening match to become the first team from Asia to beat one from South America in World Cup history.

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The Group winners of Group H will face against the second-placed finishers of Group G and the winners of Group G will face against second-placed finishers of Group H. In both situations, Senegal will play their round of 16 matches against either Belgium or England depending on the position at which Senegal finishes within their group.