FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Senegal promised plenty of attacking threat early on in the first half which saw Mane getting a lucky break and scoring the opening goal. Japan had to work hard to beat down Senegal’s defence and stitch attacks of their own. But after the equaliser which came from Inui’s feet, Japan started to look more threatening and pushed Senegal deep down into their own half. Japan looked promising from set pieces, while Senegal were below average. The second half saw Japan running into Senegal’s half creating plenty of chances. Both teams manage to score a goal each but could not find the winner. FULL TIME SCORE: JAPAN 2-2 SENEGAL. Catch Japan vs Senegal Live Score FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Updates here.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Japan vs Senegal Highlights in Malayalam
JAPAN 2-2 SENEGAL!
Senegal promised plenty of attacking threat early on in the first half which saw Mane getting a lucky break and scoring the opening goal. Japan had to work hard to beat down Senegal's defence and stitch attacks of their own. But after the equaliser which came from Inui's feet, Japan started to look more threatening and pushed Senegal deep down into their own half. Japan looked promising from set pieces, while Senegal were below average. The second half saw Japan running into Senegal's half creating plenty of chances. Both teams manage to score a goal each but could not find the winner.
Four minutes of stoppage time
Japan and Senegal are playing for their lives with just four minutes to go. Can any team earn a winner here?
Final substitution to Japan
Japan replaces Inui with Usami
85' Final substitution for Senegal
Niang limps off with five minutes to go and he is replaced by Diouf. Attacking substitution for Senegal. Can he provide the winner tonight?
Cheikh Ndoye replaces Badou Ndiaye
HONDA EQUALISES FOR JAPAN! JPN 2-2 SEN!!
Huge error from Senegalese goalkeeper to get the scoring level. What a huge misjudgment from Ndiaye as he came forward during a cross but could not take control of the ball. The ball reaches Honda and he scored into the empty net from eight yards out.
Okazaki replaces Haraguchi
Honda takes the corner for Japan and he finds Osako in the six-yard box. Osako gets pressured to shoot early with several bodies surrounding him, but his shot from close range is steered away by Koulibaly.
72' Japan substitution
Hondo on, Kagawa off.
WAGUE HAS GIVEN SENEGAL THE LEAD!! JAP 1-2 SEN
Sadio Mane dribbles past the defender and crosses it to Sabale inside the box. Sabale crosses it to Niang, who tries to curl from a back heel, but misses. Wague comes behind him and smacks a right footed shot on the top corner of the goal. Senegal take the lead.
68' Inui gets booked
Inui gives away a rash challenge to Sarr who breaks away with speed into Japan's box. The referee was quick to give a yellow card. No complaints from Japan forward. The resultant free kick gives nothing to Senegal.
Kouyaté on, Alfred Ndiaye off for Senegal.
Terrific attack from Japan with Inui again striking it towards the top right corner. It looked like it was going inwards but just hit the cross bar and flew away. What a chance for Japan, but somehow they still have not taken the lead.
Japan continue to press and create trouble for Senagalese defence. They got in behind Sabaly with a chipped pass. Senegal had to scramble to clear the cross.
Osako had a perfect chance to score the goal for Japan but he has failed to find any connection from the Shibasaki's cross. There was open net in front of Osako and he has just failed to get any connection on it.
Yellow card to Senegal
Senegal's Niang gets a yellow card for catching Shoji with his left hand. He tries to argue that it was unintentional, but the referee is not interested.
Senegal try to stitch another attack and Niang gets a left-footed shot towards the goal. Plenty of power on the shot but no direction, whatosever. Meanwhile, he has hit Hasebe on the nose and he is bleeding from his nose.
50' Senegal attack
What a chance for Niang to score a goal as he takes a shot on a bouncing ball from 20 yards out. But he uses too much power and smacks it over the bar from just outside the box.
Japan are starting the second half on attacking note and Osako almost headed the ball inside the back of the net. The shot just lacked power and direction and was a routing save by the Senegal goalkeeper.
Senegal kick off things and HERE WE GO with the second half.
HALF TIME SCORE
HALF TIME SCORE: JAPAN 1-1 SENEGAL
Senegal promised plenty of attacking threat early on in the first half which saw Mane getting a lucky break and scoring the opening goal. Japan had to work hard to beat down Senegal's defence and stitch attacks of their own. But after the equaliser which came from Inui's feet, Japan started to look more threatening and pushed Senegal deep down into their own half. Japan looked promising from set pieces, while Senegal were below average, and the second half could see one of the two teams pushing themselves ahead from a well-taken set piece. HALF TIME SCORE: JAPAN 1-1 SENEGAL
42' Japan attacking
Yoshida tries to set Inui free again with a long crossfield but this time Senegal defender Sane was well positioned and alert to steer the danger away. Japan continue to attack.
Niang is played in by a lovely ball from midfield and Ndiaye, gets half a yard on Shoji but not enough to really get away and his first-time strike is kept out by Kawashima with a diving save.
40' Japan are starting to create attacks
Japan have started to be more attacking and Senegal are now on the backfoot. Senegal are starting to fall back further down in their own half with Japan threatening with pace.
INUI EQUALISES FOR JAPAN! JPN 1-1 SEN
Japan's relentlnessness in attack pays off after a long pass is well controlled inside the box by Nagatomo, who then passes it to Inui inside the box. Inui shoots a curling ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
32' Discipline formation for Senegal
Senegal have been excellent in defence and they have kept their discipline so far. But Japan are being relentless.
25' Senegal in control
Senegal are absolutely dominant in this match and even when the ball is with Japan, Senegal are dominating the play with the defence.
Japan have started to threaten Senegal with setpieces but so far nothing has worked. Shibasaki curls a freekick the left wing. But it was headed clear by Koulibaly. If Japan were to score in this match, it is likely to come from a set piece.
Japan try to come back into the Senegales box to put some pressure on the African nation. The Senegalese defends the ball and push it back to Hasebe who tries to hit the shot from 25 yards out. But Sane was quick to sense the danger and clear it away.
Senegal take the lead... is it an own goal?? No, it comes from Sane's knees. SEN 1-0 JAP
Sabaly takes the shot after a poor clearance from Haraguchi who botched a header back to the Senegal man. Sabaly's shot went to the keeper Kawashima who tried to push the ball away but it found Sane's knees and returened to the back of the net.
Senegal threatening early on
Senegal are leading the threat early on and Sabaly dribbled past Japanese wall to get inside the six-yard box. But his left-footed cross could not find the target man and was picked by the Japanese goalkeeper.
CORNER to SENEGAL!
Niang takes the corner and it reaches Japan's penalty area and it was wanting a touch from a Senegal player. But no Senegal player was around and they just watched the ball sail away.
Senegal had an early chance into the match as Sadio Mane gets the ball inside the six yard box. But he fails to take the shoot as Japanese defence cover him.
Japan get the ball rolling and WE ARE ON!
The players are out in Ekaterinberg stadium as Japan take on Senegal. We will kick off with the National Anthems of both the teams. First we start with Japan's melodious National Anthem. It is so soothing and melodious! It is followed by Senegal's celebratory National Anthem. Completely different moods.
Shiniji Okazaki on Japanese football
“It’s not about playing a Japanese style of football, it’s about playing the best that Japanese players can play ; there’s a subtle difference.” Okazaki was quoted as saying by BBC.