Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic

Aliou Cisse

The draw means both nations go into the final round of matches on four points at the top of the group.

Their conduct is a healthy antidote to scenes of violence that have marred some major global football tournaments down the years, though this World Cup has been free so far of disorder.

Japan is only planning for victory against already eliminated Poland and will not think about playing for a draw to qualify for the World Cup's knockout rounds, according to captain Makoto Hasebe.

From there they became history-makers when they beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opening game, the first Asian side to defeat a South American team at a World Cup.

Senegal has never lost to Japan in three encounters and this historical state coincided with their confident performance in Russian Federation to make Japan a bit of the underdog in this Group H encounter.

If Japan and Senegal were to finish in second spot and with the same goal difference and number of goals scored, then the team advancing could be determined by the number of yellow and red cards awarded.

Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal.

"We really wanted to win, we wanted to equalize and also take the lead even though there was only a short period of time left".

"We are not fearful of Senegal at all", he said.

'Frankly, we were not very good'.

"We pressured them well at the start and they made some errors, which we exploited".

Japan looked more likely to win, though Nishino said he was content with a point.

Videos posted on social media showed Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves in the wake of their win over Colombia, picking up litter under the seats in their section of the stadium.

Japan has proven to be a surprise package in the tournament, with their dispatching of Colombia in their opener with a strong message for the other teams, and their tireless performance against Senegal, aided by a superb Takashi Inui performance, only highlighting their potential as a Dark Horse in the tournament.

"In terms of fans, we were very impressed".

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