Japan Came Back Twice Against Senegal at World Cup

Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal at the match against Poland. Photo by Celso Bayo/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9722113n)

Japan and Senegal played out to an entertaining 2-2 draw in a World Cup clash on Saturday. The result leaves both teams on four points apiece and means that the group winner and runner-up will be decided during the final leg of group stage games.

After both nations won their opening group stage games, this game allowed both of the teams an opportunity to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition had they won, but they both failed to grab the opportunity.

Japan twice came from behind to equalize against their African opponents.

Senegal took the lead just after 10 minutes Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima pushed an effort from Youssouf Sabaly into the path of Sadio Mane who scored.

Takashi Inui bent in the ball into the net with nine minutes remaining in the first half to bring Japan back into the game.

19-year-old Moussa Wague thrashed in a low-cross to put his side ahead during the 71st minute and gave Senegal the lead.

Japan decided to introduce the experienced duo of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki as they looked to once again equalize.

It was the former who managed to equalize as he turned in a cross from Inui during the 78th minute.