Senegal and Japan played out a 2-2 draw in their group stage fixture on Sunday, at the World Cup.
Akira Nishino’s team showed tremendous character having fallen behind twice but still managing to keep the score level at the final whistle.
In what was thrilling game of football at the Ekaterinburg Stadium, it was Keisuke Honda’s goal that meant both teams had to share points and aim to secure qualification for the knockout stages in their next Group H match.
Here, we take a look at all the goals from the game in animation.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was there at the right place at the right time as Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima failed to collect the ball cleanly and it came off Mane’s foot to eventually roll into the net.
Inui’s curled a shot into the bottom left corner after Nagatomo made a terrific run into the left hand side of the Senegalese box. Goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye couldn’t do much about it.
A low cross from Youssouf Sabaly found Moussa Wague at the end of it, who had a difficult angle but somehow managed to unleash a shot into the roof of the net and put Senegal into the lead again.
A goalkeeping mistake from N’Diaye, who came for a punch, but missed it, led to substitute Honda lashing in a shot and leveling things for Japan.
Colombia came away from the Kazan Arena with three precious points after a dazzling display in their 3-0 win over Poland.
Towering defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring five minutes before half-time as he nodded in a cross from James Rodriguez.
Radamel Falcao latched onto a through ball from Juan Quintero to double the Colombians’ lead with 20 minutes to play before Rodriguez assisted Juan Cuadrado for the third five minutes later.
The result in Group H means Poland are eliminated from the World Cup with one game left to play.
PUMP THE BRAKES
For a game played at a 100 miles an hour, much of the first half suggested it could end up being the first 0-0 of this World Cup. While there was plenty of action on the pitch, the referee remarkably kept his cards in his pocket in the opening period despite several late challenges flying in, there was little to marvel at.
The encounter got off to a fast start and incredibly seemed to maintain its frenetic pace. However, clear cut chances were hard to come by as both sides tried to force the issue which made for a increasingly scrappy game with turnovers aplenty. Neither team were able to get on the ball and dictate play with prolonged spells of possession. Only on two occasions did Colombia compose themselves, take stock and try to work an opening.
The first saw Santiago Arias overlap Cuadrado on the right and get on the end of a carefully threaded through ball. His ball across the turf from inside the area was blocked by Lukasz Piszczek, though, who got ahead of Falcao. The second opportunity came from a short corner which eventually saw Falcao play the ball to Cuadrado who helped it on for Rodriguez.
The attacking midfielder floated in a delicious cross from which Mina headed home. Hopefully, Colombia have realised the value in slowing things down at times and will bear that in mind moving forward.
RELIANCE ON LEWANDOWSKI
Both sides lack creativity in central midfield but while Colombia have the guile of Rodriguez and Quintero to rely on through the middle in the final third, Poland are found wanting. Take out Piotr Zielinski and they are almost entirely devoid of ingenuity in midfield. It’s no surprise against formidable opposition, Lewandowski is largely left to fend for himself.
Adam Nawalka’s side look to go direct to the Bayern Munich striker when possible and try to whip crosses in for him. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get down the sides of Colombia as often as they would have liked.
Poland’s best chance came about when they went long towards Lewandowski just before the hour mark and he brought it down expertly before getting a good shot away only to be thwarted by an onrushing David Ospina. On another occasion, a ball volleyed back into the box saw the striker do well to meet it with his head but couldn’t get enough on it under pressure from two defenders.
COLOMBIA’S FEARSOME FOURSOME
Four years ago a star was born when Rodriguez almost single-handedly dragged Colombia to the semi-finals in Falcao’s absence, ably assisted by an exciting winger in Cuadrado. This time around, the 26-year-old has far more support in attack.
For one, a resurgent Falcao, and all the experience he brings, occupies the centre-backs and plays on the shoulder of the last defender. Cuadrado has matured as well while Juan Quintero has also been deeply impressive.
The FC Porto loan star was in top form against Poland, bagging a fine assist for the second goal and was involved in several attacks.
Rodriguez was still the linchpin though. With two assists, three key passes, four dribbles and much more, the attacking midfielder was the main man but was no doubt complimented by a potent supporting cast.
“This may be my last one. I want to enjoy this and forget all the criticism, all the whispers from behind,” Pogba said ahead of Tuesday’s Group C final game against Denmark.
France have already made it to the last 16 and will secure top position if they avoid defeat against Denmark.
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