Japan, Senegal Battle to 2-2 Draw at 2018 World Cup

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Senegal could become the first African country to book a spot in the round of 16 of the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation, with win against Japan on Sunday evening.

Both teams now have four points from two games and have identical records atop the group.

Cisse told journalists the Poland victory, the top seeded team in the Group "H" injected more adrenaline to the hungry lions which he expects to manifest in the Japan's clash.

Japan failed to deal with a right-wing cross with Genki Haraguchi nodding the ball straight to Senegal defender Youssouf Sabaly in the box.

Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) celebrates with Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe (R) as Senegal's defender Salif Sane kneels on the pitch at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Japan and Senegal at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 24, 2018.

The ball bounced off the striker and into the net for his first goal at this tournament - cue raucous Senegal celebrations with Khadim N'Diaye racing the length of the pitch to join in.

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Takashi Inui curled home an equaliser for Japan before half-time, before Mane played a part in Senegal's second goal, scored by Moussa Wague with 19 minutes to play.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Africans came close to scoring when Mbaye Niang let fly from long range, but the Japanese keeper made a fantastic save to deny him.

Senegal twice took the lead.

Inui then struck the bar from distance after the Senegal defence went AWOL.

Wague's powerful shot into the roof of the net on 64 minutes looked to have secured the points for Senegal, but Japan substitute Honda turned in a brilliant Inui pull-back with 12 minutes remaining to give the Asian side a share of the points.

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