England's Kane gang eye last 16, Japan face Senegal

Ruben Holloway
June 25, 2018

"I thought the best they'd do against Colombia would be a draw but now I have higher expectations", he said, referring to Japan's 2-1 victory in their opening game.

It's a reminder both of Colombia's impressive run in Brazil, with Los Cafeteros nearly knocking out the hosts in the quarterfinal, and Rodriguez's importance to the Colombian national team.

Senegal, who made an impressive debut to the World Cup in 2002, when they made a successful run to the quarter final, beating defending champions France in the process, are hoping to surpass that record.

Quintero played creator in the 70th minute and Falcao turned the last defender before stroking the ball past Szczesny with the outside of his boot for his first World Cup strike.

Let's get a wrap-up from the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Ironically, Chetali was the first homegrown African coach to take charge of a representative from the continent at the World Cup finals.

Both teams were disappointing in their opening games.

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Cilic had looked imperious throughout his run to the final and made his move in the seventh game of the opening set. "I know it's going to be very tough". 'I played well in the second set, I started to hit through.

"We are now facing two teams who need to win, so for us these games will be like finals". "Senegal is a very tough team and this result, I hope, will lead to success in the next match".

It was the first win for an Asian side against South American opposition at a World Cup, which added further embarrassment for Colombia among their South American neighbours.

Sanchez was dismissed after just three minutes of Colombia's Group H opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat to Japan that prompted criticism of Pekerman's team.

"James is doing very well and that's what we've seen in training".

The Japan-Senegal match kicked off at midnight Japan time, meaning many fans will be spending a blurry-eyed Monday in their offices, especially those stranded downtown after public transport service had shut down for the night.

Japan is an experienced team - the nation has qualified for the past six World Cups - that could be at full strength against Senegal. If they do not, their fate will be in the hands of the match between Mexico and Sweden.

"We need to be able to play to our full potential rather than being reactive to the opposition's strength", coach Akira Nishino said.

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Later, in the night, Nick and Priyanka were chilling in the balcony of her Juhu residence while she was enjoying the rains. While fans were expecting that Madhu or Priyanka might come up with some good news, they uttered nothing on the issue.

"We'll do what we can to break those strong and fast Senegal players".

"The player was deeply affected by this matter and we all understand that football is something else".

The loss sent Poland home after just two games, a cruel fate considering that they probably deserved at least a point from their opener.

The team that wins will almost qualify.

Takashi Inui, in particular, enjoyed a good second half for Japan against Colombia.

That victory ensured that Africa, the second most populated continent in the world with a number of high-profile footballers who have been knocking on the door of greatness in recent years, would not suffer the embarrassment of having all its five representatives losing their opening matches in Russian Federation.

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England captain Harry Kane scored twice in his side's opening World Cup victory against Tunisia . Speaking to Press Association Sport after the game, Alli said: "Hopefully I am okay".

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