2 Japan - Senegal 2
2018/06/24 | 17:00| Group A| Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg| Full Time|

As it happened: Japan 2-2 Senegal

2018-06-24 19:00
Last Updated at 06:21
24 Jun 19:06

That is all for today folks, Thank You for choosing Sport24 to catch this epic Soccer World Cup encounter between Japan and Senegal.

Up next, Colombia v Poland!

Enjoy the rest of your evening ...

24 Jun 19:03
24 Jun 18:58

Bitter pill to swallow for the Senegalese after allowing Japan to get back into the match on two occasions.

However, an entertaining clash leaves both sides with a point and a fair result to say the least. 

Japan deserves the credit for their relentlessness.

The result sees Senegal go into their final match against Colombia needing a win for a slot into World Cup last 16. Same process for Japan against Poland.

Next up, Colombia and Poland clash at 20:00!

24 Jun 18:53



24 Jun 18:52

92' Mané stands behind a deadball situation and launches his effort into the box.

But Japan clear.

24 Jun 18:49
90' FOUR minutes of additional time added on ...
24 Jun 18:48
88' Senegal look dumbfounded now, as they have the ball in the Japan half but look clue-less.
24 Jun 18:46
86' Japan substitution: Usami on, Inui off.
24 Jun 18:46

86' Senegal substitution: Diouf on, Niang limps off. 

24 Jun 18:44
83' Incredible persistence from Japan to continue to keep knocking on. 
24 Jun 18:43
81' Senegal substitution: Ndoye on, Badoua Ndiaye off
24 Jun 18:42
Poor defending sees Japan get a lifeline, Ndiaye fails to punch it out before, Inui crosses it towards Honda who taps in, minutes after coming on!
24 Jun 18:39
24 Jun 18:39
76' Okazaki replaces Haraguchi.
24 Jun 18:37
71' Japan substitution: Honda on, Kagawa off.
24 Jun 18:36
Woah! From the tightest of angles, 19-year-old right-back Wague pulls the trigger and sees his shot hit the roof of the net running on to Sabaly’s low cross!
24 Jun 18:34


24 Jun 18:33
68' FOUL! Inui gets a deserved booking for a challenge on Sarr.
24 Jun 18:31
67' Alfred Ndiaye comes off for Cheikou Kouyate .
24 Jun 18:29
65' CHANCE! Sneaky and silky back-heel from Osako towards Inui, who finds space and curls his strike past Khadim Ndiaye only for his effort to struck the upright!
24 Jun 18:25

62' Japan upping the tempo now as Senegal fall shot in defence only for after Sabaly got the ball chipped over him.

Senegal, however, make up the ground. Phew.. close call!

24 Jun 18:22
59' Niang goes into the referees book for a challenge on Shoji.
24 Jun 18:19
55' Senegal finding their rhythm again as they continue to threat the Asians. NIANG! His effort bang straight towards Kawashima.
24 Jun 18:15
52' Niang takes aim with a bouncing ball 20 yards out on the right, and smacks it over the bar from just outside the box.
24 Jun 18:10

50' Not really common as Japan get two chances to head a ball towards goal in the 18th area. Inui flicks on a header in the Senegalese box to Osako, who struggles to get enough power on it.

24 Jun 18:08

47' A sixth corner for Senegal now where nothing positive has come from it.

Need to really work on their set-pieces. 

24 Jun 18:05
45' Second-half underway ...
24 Jun 17:47



24 Jun 17:45
42' Yoshida sends a long crossfield ball to Inui, however, Sane smells danger and sprints over to nod the ball to safety. 
24 Jun 17:43

39' CHANCE! Ndiaye bursts forward and finds space for a pass towards Niang but the forward is met by Kawashima's gloves, who makes an excellent save after pulling the trigger.

24 Jun 17:38
37' Extra fuel for Japan after that goal ...
24 Jun 17:37

Japan play to their strengths following a good move in attack.

After Senegal failed to clear the ball, Inui picks up the ball in the box and curls a wonderful low drive into the bottom corner. 

Sloppy defending from Senegal.

24 Jun 17:34
24 Jun 17:33
30' Japan 0-1 Senegal
24 Jun 17:32

27' Niang hits a searching corner and Ndiaye meets hit with intent only for his effort to crash into a defender.

24 Jun 17:29

26' Strange, Shibasaki deliberately tugs back Sarr and the referee issues a free-kick but no card.

Not the first challenge from Shibasaki. 

24 Jun 17:27

22' Japan seeing a lot of the ball now but failing to make an impact as a short Japan corner results in Senegal stealing the ball and fly forward on a counter attack. 

Wague curves an excellent cross towards Sarr who's attempted volley is saved by Kawashima

24 Jun 17:25
19' Japan stringing a few good attacks going forward but Senegal letting their presence known at every opportunity. 
24 Jun 17:20

16' CHANCE! Hasebe lets his laces through the ball after some nifty play from Japan. 

However, his chance is blocked ... Much better from Japan. 

24 Jun 17:17
14' Attempting to get back into this fixture now, as mentioned before, Japan keeping the ball on the grass for longer periods ...
24 Jun 17:14
Fortune on Senegal side as Kawashima's save from Sabaly shot, ricochets off Mane and into the back of the net.
24 Jun 17:11
24 Jun 17:11

8' Japan doing well with the amount of pressure coming for Senegal. 

They need to play to their strengths which is 'carpet football' keep it on the grass and pass it with confidence and precision.

24 Jun 17:09
7' Senegal need to make use of their stocky and tall presence in this match. 
24 Jun 17:09

6' Senegal get another corner. However, Niang's cross was poor. Too low, allowing the Japan defence to clear the ball easily. 

24 Jun 17:06

3' Still Senegal, applying the pressure with Sarr darting forward and winning a corner.

Nothing positive comes from the corner but strong start from the Africans!

24 Jun 17:03


Early opportunity for Senegal as sloppy defending from Japan sees a low cross reaches Sadio Mane, however, the Liverpool forwards first touch lets him down ...