Japan faces Senegal at Yekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Sunday (6/24/2018).
Japan and Senegal are both packing victories in their first game. Japan topple Colombia 2-1, while Senegal bend Poland with the same score.
Japan appear effective in the game against Colombia. Pressing opponents since, two goals they can get through Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako penalties.
Two of Japan’s winning goals came from three shots on target. Osako should be wary, considering the three shot on goal came from his effort, which was then rewarded as a man of the match.
Even so, Japanese creativity needs to be improved again to break into the opponent’s goal if the mirror in the first game. Japan, who face 10 Colombian players since the start of the first half, can only ensure victory in the 87th minute.
Facing Senegal would be a perfect Japanese test. Because, Senegal also showed effectiveness is not less good in the game against Poland, with two goals derived from the compactness of his team when pressing the opponent. Thiago Cionek and Grzegorz Krychowiak were forced to make mistakes that led to his goal conceded in the game.
That was expressed by Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse. “We won (against Poland) because of discipline, you see Senegal is a solid and compact team,” said Cisse told BBC.
In the line of attack, Senegal will definitely rely on Mbaye Niang and Sadio Mane. Both players are really troublesome Polish defender-owned Poland in the inaugural game.
For Japan and Senegal, this would be the second meeting. In a friendly match five years ago, Senegal won 1-0 over Japan.
The victory will bring them closer to the round of 16 large. Especially in the other game, Poland will face Colombia where Robert Lewandowski et al seeded victory.
If so, then Japan and Senegal at least avoid the defeat in the game tonight to keep the odds. Both teams are predicted to play cautiously, and potentially present a score draw. If win, then Japan and Senegal are both likely to achieve it with a thin score