Honda needed just six minutes to equalise for Japan

24 June, 2018, 23:53 | Author: Julian Swanson
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Harry Kane was the hero against Tunisia and that brace leaves him with 10 goals in his last eight global appearances as he only failed to find the net in one of those games. "Honda was moved from centre to the wide side and he was very versatile at adapting to that position".

It left the shell-shocked Central Americans out of their debut tournament with nine goals conceded in Group G.

In the other Group H fixture, Poland who lost 2-1 to Senegal, will take on Colombia who will be also be looking to bounce back from defeat. After finishing 0-0 in regular time against Turkey in the quarter-finals, a 94th-minute İlhan Mansız golden goal settled the match in Turkey's favour thus depriving Senegal a chance of being the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The Liverpool forward tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was unable to control a shot from Youssouf Sabaly.

Yuya Osako found himself clear in the six-yard box and Shibasaki crossed the ball right where he needed it, but he could not get his feet in order and the ball sailed through untouched.

Senegal looked on its way to the three points after a goal in the 71st minute by Moussa Wague, but it was not meant to be in what was a highly-entertaining match.

For Colombia, James Rodriguez is likely to return to the side after the Bayern Munich star came into the match against Japan as a substitute.

Senegal outshot Japan 14-7 and had five shots on target.

In contrast to the first half, Japan began the second with the more attacking intent of the two sides.

"Their speed and physical strength are something that I have expected, but (what stood out) are their discipline and strong defense as a team", said the Galatasaray defender. "And that's normal because there was a way to win this match".

But as Germany reminded us on Saturday night, winning is all that matters at this stage and another three points for the Three Lions against Panama will see them through to the last 16, along with Belgium.

"Even if we lose against Senegal, I know how to avoid the pressure and how to prepare for Poland".

In other games on Sunday, Japan can all but guarantee themselves a place in the second round if they follow up their surprise opening defeat of Colombia by beating Senegal in Group H.

Japan used its speed to control the middle of the field and open spaces in Senegal's defence, but they still couldn't stop the African team from taking the lead.

They did the same after Japan's victory over Colombia and Senegal's win over Poland on Tuesday.

Things may not have gone as spectacularly for Rodriguez as he would have liked since that World Cup, but he's still Colombia's best player, its creative force and one of its main goal-scoring threats.

Radamel Falcao - Colombia's leading all-time scorer who missed the World Cup four years ago because of an injury - understands the stakes of Sunday's match.



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