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Two surprise leaders in Group H meet up in the "window to Asia" when Japan and Senegal square off in their second 2018 World Cup match in Yekaterinburg on Sunday.

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

One of those, Keisuke Honda, scored the equaliser that made it 2-2 just six minutes after coming on.

"The same preparation is necessary for Japan, we have to question everything in the same way", said Cisse, the celebrated captain of Senegal's 2002 squad that reached World Cup quarter- finals under French man Bruo Metsu.

Despite being only 19 years and 236 days old, and never having netted an global goal before, it was KAS Eupen right-back Moussa Wague who appeared set to be the hero of the hour when he netted Senegal's second in the 71st minute of the national side's second Group H game.

If they draw, both teams will remain atop the group table with four points.

"It was a tough match, we knew it would be", Japan coach Akira Nishino said. Senegal started off their World Cup campaign with a convincing 2-1 victory over the higher ranked Poland side containing the likes Robert Lewandoski.

The group's other game will see Poland and Colombia square off to try and get their World Cup back on track after opening day loses to Senegal and Japan respectively.

"We were not very good frankly, and Japan were the better team, I have to admit that".

The African side got off to a fast start, scoring 11 minutes in thanks to a fortunate bounce off Sadio Mane. "We can't underestimate the Japanese team that played very well".

"We really wanted to win, we wanted to equalize and also take the lead even though there was only a short period of time left".

Notably, Cisse opted to play Liverpool sensation Sadio Mane deeper in the midfield, advancing to attack rarely, a tactic that could be discarded against Japan if he means more attacking. Not much to read into those stats as all the players playing in this game had nothing to do with that one. "We're going to try to manage this and extract the positive points to qualify for the last 16".

Japan are unlikely to have a man advantage for a second straight match.

Japan became the first by an Asian team over a nation from South America in the history of the World Cup.


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