Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw

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Senegal missed the chance to put themselves in a good position to qualify for the round of 16 as they were forced to a 2-2 draw by Japan in Group H of the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.

Japan fell behind when Eiji Kawashima tried to punch clear a low cross and succeeded only in firing the ball off the legs of Mane and back into his own net, but Nishino is not concerned about the impact of the error on the morale of the experienced goalkeeper.

Against the run of play, teenager Moussa Wague put the Africans back in front only for Honda to fire into an open net and snatch a point.

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As it is, they will have to endure an anxious wait for the result of Poland and Colombia's clash later on Sunday to know what they need to do in the final round of fixtures on Thursday. "But as a countermeasure against Sadio Mane I think we did pretty well".

"But we were more concerned about him giving positive impact on other players, especially in the first half", Nishino said.

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"It is possible to stop him but the trouble is that he has influence too on other players, and that is what we are concerned about". Keisuke Honda has been involved in six of Japan's last eight goals scored at World Cups (three goals and three assists), and is now registered at +292 to score a goal anytime in this game.

Senegal were well in control but failed to build on their strong start and Inui's smart finish, after Yuto Nagatomo created the chance, saw Japan draw level with their first shot on target. "He is one of the players that is under the spotlight, so yes of course he can do better than what he is doing".

Japan as a team showed character and persistence to keep going after a poor first half and they got their reward in their opener.

Inui then came agonisingly close to scoring his second of the game four minutes later when his wonderful curled effort from a surging break bounced off the crossbar.

Senegal's Sadio Mane, top right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his site's first goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018.

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