Keisuke Honda rescues Japan in Senegal thriller

Japan striker Yuya Osako

Japan striker Yuya Osako

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.

Eiji Kawashima was slow to react to Juan Quintero's goal for Colombia in Japan's opening 2-1 win and the goalkeeper was again at fault for Sadio Mane's early opener, punching against the forward's leg when it looked easier to catch.

In the 72nd minute 19-year-old Moussa Wague put Senegal 2-1 ahead with a superb strike into the top corner for his first senior global goal.

Japan and Senegal face off against each other on Sunday knowing that the victor of this match will all but ensure qualification to the next round of the World Cup. "We need to completely reset coming into the next match", said Osako. "We didn't lose today".

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"In the first half we let him and the others play a bit too freely, but overall for countermeasures I think we did pretty well".

Inui nearly turned the game around for Japan 20 minutes into the second half, but his fine effort came back off the bar.

"Honestly we are all disappointed, there was a way to win and we did not do it", said Mane, who was only a sporadic danger down Senegal's left.

Cisse, Senegal skipper in the country's run to the quarter-finals in 2002, hopes that Mane can be the difference, on what promises to be a nerve-wracking final round of matches on Thursday.

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"They were avoidable goals, that's clear", Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said in a blunt assessment of his defence. "But he is a good guy and I appreciate him, he is just very, very professional and I know he will be doing his very best tomorrow - as will I". Japan will play Poland.

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.

Japan and Senegal remain well placed to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup - and a last-16 date with England or Belgium - after an entertaining draw in Ekaterinburg.

While Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are already making plans to return home after failing to secure a point, Senegal can still ensure Africa has at least one representative in the last 16.

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The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

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