Senegal held by spirited Japan

Sunday, 24 June, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

Idrissa Gueye played the full 90 minutes as Senegal drew 2-2 with Japan in Ekaterinburg.

The African side took the lead when Eiji Kawashima inexplicably elected to punch a low shot away and it struck Sadio Mane from close range before bouncing in.

Japan levelled, however, with a well-taken strike by Takashi Inui and they came close to going ahead when Yuya Osako's sumptuous effort hit the crossbar.

Senegal restored their advantage when Moussa Wague arrived at the back post and rattled a shot high into the goal but Keisuke Honda stepped off the bench to convert after Khadim N'Diaye had missed a cross into the box and was left stranded as the ball came back across to the veteran forward to sweep home.

The draw leaves Group H wide open heading into the final games on Thursday.