Japan players expect tough battle against Senegal following opening win

Senegal Coach's Fist Pumping Celebration Meme Is a Real World Cup Highlight

Back in 1998 in France, Nigeria provided the only silver lining when they shocked Spain 3-2 in Nantes with goals from Mutiu Adepoju and Sunday Oliseh and an own goal from the Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizaretta.

Panama were clearly out of their depth against England, but they didn't help themselves with an overly aggressive approach. Given there's been little to split World Cup matches between Asian and African sides since 1990, with a W5-D6-L4 record narrowly in favour of the Asian teams. In this, Jordan Henderson was key. The Panamanians will compete hard but eventually England should break them down and secure qualification for the knockout stages. Yet he has an able deputy in Henderson, a more vocal presence. "I treat all games seriously", he said, according to fifa.com.

That would be a first for Japan - the farthest they have advanced at a World Cup was the last 16 in 2002 and 2010.

The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team's 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday.

It's clear that England are a cohesive and able attacking unit, it's less clear whether that's true of their defence.

However, Cisse, who looks good to replicate Keshi's round of 16 feat at the World Cup, has chosen to downplay the debate and insists there is nothing significant about the black coach missing out on the spotlight of the Mundial.

The Lions of Teranga were the only African side to win in the opening round and that win has put them in pole position to claim the top spot in Group H and advance to the next stage.

Forward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal's lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima's hands from close range.


Poland were well beaten by Senegal, while Colombia can point to playing for 80-plus minutes with 10 men as reason for their loss to Japan. No matter. With Japan and Senegal atop Group H with four points apiece and Colombia now sitting just behind on three, there's an terrible lot left to play for.

Teenager Matteo was sporting the bright yellow shirt of his father's country with the younger Marcel dressed in the red of Poland, but they plan to show their neutrality by swapping at halftime.

This has been a World Cup filled with bookies' favourites making early missteps. I'm talking about vital players.

Yerry Mina headed in Colombia's opener in 40th minute after Rodriguez picked the defender out with a sublime cross.

The most likely result is a draw which keeps both sides alive for the final matchday in the group play.

Current World Cup top scorer on five goals after two games, Kane was then substituted for Jaime Vardy up front, to a standing ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans at Nizhny Novgorod.

These two teams have only met once in an global friendly in 2006, a game Colombia won 2-1. "You saw a Senegal team very solid, very compact".

Over-reliant on Lionel Messi, who missed a penalty in the draw with Iceland and failed to register a single shot on target in the 3-0 defeat to Croatia, Sampaoli has been unable to get the best out of top performers like Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala.

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