Two teams – Japan and Senegal – would be keen to build on their stunning starts to the campaign when they take on each other in the second game of Sunday.
Japan and Senegal head into a crucial clash as the outcome of this game will not only be key to their fate in Russia but can also decide the final outcome of Group H. The pair is currently occupying the top two positions in a group that also has Colombia and Poland.
Japan started their campaign with an impressive 2-1 win over Colombia although the latter played virtually the entire match with ten men. Any question marks raised by the eleventh-hour appointment of coach Akira Nishino were cast aside thanks to the stunning show by the Asian outfit. Buoyed by the good show against Colombia, Japan will enter the contest high on confidence.
However, they should avoid any complacency against a team that marked its first World Cup-appearance since 2002 with a 2-1 win over Poland. In doing so, Senegal became the first African country to score a World Cup goal against Poland and also the first African country to win in the ongoing competition. A win against Japan will put Senegal on their way to replicating the glory forged by the nation’s iconic Class of 2002.
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Sportzwiki brings you all you need to know ahead of the clash between the two sides.
Venue and time:
Japan and Senegal will lock horns at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The action will begin at 8:30 PM IST on Sunday.
Players to look out for:
Japan – Shinji Kagawa
Kagawa had made his presence felt against Colombia. It was his goal-bound effort that was handled by Sanchez for the second-fastest dismissal in World Cup history. Kagawa had gone on to score from the spot. He will be looking to play an inspirational role again.
Senegal – Sadio Mane:
The Liverpool star had a quiet game against Poland. Senegal would be hoping their star delivers as per his reputation against Japan.
Where to watch:
The Indian fans will enjoy extensive coverage of the game. The English coverage will get telecast on SONY TEN 2 SD and HD channels.
The Hindi feed will be aired on SONY TEN 3 SD and HD channels. Bengali and Malayali feed will be available on SONY ESPN SD channel.
Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako.
Khadim Ndiaye; Moussa Wague, Salif Sane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Lamine Gassama; Ismaila Sarr, Alfred Ndiaye, Idrissa Gane Gueye, Sadio Mane; Mame Diouf, Mbaye Niang.
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