Duel Senegal vs Japan temporarily draw 1-1 on second matchday of Group H elimination in Ekaterinburg Arena, Russia, Sunday (24/6).
Senegal appear pressing since the beginning of the fight to force the Japanese busy to survive. Physical excellence makes Senegal often win duel scramble ball in midfield.
Disaster for Japan occurred in the 12th minute. Starting from a cross Moussa Wague failed to anticipate well by Hiroki Sakai, the ball actually fell at the foot Youssouf Sabaly who was in the penalty box.
Without thinking, Sabaly fired hard into the Japanese goal. Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima tried to dismiss Sabaly’s shot, but the ball actually hit Sadio Mane who was waiting in front of goal.
Left behind one goal to make Japan must take the initiative to attack. Skira’s landing Akira Nishino dared to build a quick attack into the heart of the Senegalese defense.
The effort of Samurai Biru team finally sweet fruit in minute 34. Takashi Inui curved shot utilizing clever bait from Yuto Nagatomo managed to thrill Khadim N’Diaye goal.
Teranga lion troops actually successfully dominate the game, but failed to take advantage of a row of gold chances. Senegal was only able to score a goal from five shots towards goal. In contrast, Japan performed more effectively, managed to take advantage of the only on the target.
Score 1-1 draw lasted until the referee blew the whistle marks the first half ended.
Composition of Players
Japan XI (4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako.
Senegal XI (4-3-3): KH. Ndiaye; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Sane, Wague; P.Ndiaye, A.Ndiaye, Gana; Ismaila, Niang, Mane