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Japan vs Senegal

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Date: 24th June 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

Japan were considered the most likely team to finish bottom of this group when the draw was made, however, the Asians won 2:1 against all odds in their first game.

It was an emotional win after they had suffered an earthquake the previous day.

Japan had a reason to win their first game after Carlos Sanchez was sent off for Colombia for a needless handball, with Shinji Kagawa scoring the penalty that resulted from that.

From then on they struggled to contain the Colombians and when the South Americans equalized before the break, it was fully deserved.

Japan got the winner after a much improved second half performance, but it wasn’t an easy win.

Senegal didn’t exactly have it easy in their first game against Poland as they had to play against 11 men for the entire duration of the game.

The Africans dug deep and secured all three points against a Lewandoski-led Poland to boost their chance of making it to the next round.

The Poles did not do so well in that game to be honest, but Senegal have to be given full praise for taking advantage of the lackluster showing by the Europeans.

The Senegalese seem to be underrated despite having a squad brimming with quality.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Salif Sane are solid defenders while Idrisa Gueye is one of the most highly rated midfielders in the Premier League.

In the attack they have the luxury of playing Champions League finalist, Sadio Mane.

Senegal have won two and drawn one of their three meetings with Japan.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions


W Colombia 1-2 Japan 19 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Japan 4-2 Paraguay 12 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Switzerland 2-0 Japan 8 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Japan 0-2 Ghana 30 May, 2018 International Friendly
L Japan 1-2 Ukraine 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly


W Poland 1-2 Senegal 19 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Senegal 2-0 South Korea 11 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Croatia 2-1 Senegal 8 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Luxembourg 0-0 Senegal 31 May, 2018 International Friendly
D Senegal 0-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly


No previous meetings between these two sides.

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