FULL-TIME. That's that. A point apiece, probably fair, although both teams will think they could have won it. Japan had plenty of second-half chances, and they're top of the group...at least until later on today. Thanks for your company this afternoon.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Japan - Senegal
World Cup - 24 June 2018
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- Yellow cardMakoto HasebeJapan
Hasebe's final captainly action for the day is bringing down Sadio Mane and getting booked.
Koulibay has a very high foot as he attempts a spectacular finish and a Japanese defender throws himself in the way of the ball.
Four minutes to be added on here.
- OffTakashi InuiJapan
- OnTakashi UsamiJapan
Inui has had a good game too, despite a couple of slips in his defensive duities.
- OffM'Baye NiangSenegal
- OnMame Biram DioufSenegal
Niang takes his time getting to the touchline as he leaves the field of play.
Wague puts in another good ball - he's played well today - and N'Doye can't direct his header.
- OffPapa Alioune N'DiayeSenegal
- OnCheikh N'DoyeSenegal
So let's see what the last ten minutes have to bring in this fascinating encounter. N'Doye joins the fray.
- GoalKeisuke HondaJapan
GOAL! What a mix-up! The goalkeeper rushes out and reaches for clean air, Okazaki steps across the goalkeeper, and Honda slides that home!
- OffGenki HaraguchiJapan
- OnShinji OkazakiJapan
Is Okazaki the man to bring Japan level?
Japan are shouting for a penalty after a corner - looks like a deflection rather than any kind of deliberate handball, though.
- OffShinji KagawaJapan
- OnKeisuke HondaJapan
Japan are chasing this again now and make a change.
- GoalMoussa WaguéSenegal
GOAL! And when it gets back into the box following a throw, Wague is running in at the far post to smash that home.
Wague loops in a cross from the right, and Mane has to chase it all the way across to the left wing.
After a nonsensical amount of time discussing it, the free kick is taken. Touch - touch - straight to a Japan defender and booted away.
- Yellow cardTakashi InuiJapan
And that's a deserved booking.
Sarr is sent a-tumbling on the edge of the box as Inui makes some defensive effort.
- OffAlfred N'DiayeSenegal
- OnCheikhou KouyatéSenegal
Here's Kouyate to join this intriguing game.
SO CLOSE! Inui hits the bar! He's racing down the left, cutting in through the back line, lets his shot rip, but instead of it curling into the far corner it strikes the outside of the bar.
Senegal shout for a penalty, Japan break, so exciting!
This is very sparky and even now!
WHAT A CHANCE! Osako should be able to make this count, but he doesn't even make contact. The ball comes in from the right, pinging across to his feet in front of two despairing Senegal defenders.
He's OK to play on, it seems.
Ah, it's Hasebe, and he's taken a blow to the face, causing a nasty nose bleed.
There's a Japan player down, and he's been put in the recovery position by his team-mates.
And again Ndiaye has a sniff of a chance, attempting an overhead kick of some sort as Mane squares the ball in after being forced wider than he would have liked.
Badou Ndiaya is set up beautifully by Mane, but his shot from distance is high and not very handsome.
Inui to Osako as Senegal don't bother to put any challenges in the air.
Bodies in the box for a Senegal corner, Mane launches himself at it, but it's cleared.
Senegal on the attack right at the start of the second period just as they were in the first.
5 - 4 -3 - 2 - 1 - kick-off for the second half!
HALF-TIME. Honours are even. Senegal are probably the better side but Japan have put together the most attacking moves in terms of technicality.
One minute to be added on.
That was a good chance. Senegal are stil the better side, more ideas and more dangerous on the attack.
Another good piece of approach play from Senegal as Badoua Ndiaye sends a pass out to Niang.
Alfred Ndiaye and Sarr link up well again, but Japan are defending with more confidence now.
Japan are hyped after that neatly worked goal.
Beautifully taken, that, even if it doesn't quite reflect the run of play.
- GoalTakashi InuiJapan
GOAL! And Japan level! Nagatomo on the left puts the ball in to Inui, who sends it home cleanly.
Inui has been pretty lively this half, and Yoshida is trying to give him as much of the ball as he can.
Japan are relieved to hear the referee's whistle for a foul - shirt-pulling - which stops the relentless Senegal pressure for a few seconds.
Mane is running rings round some of these Japan players.
Sarr attempts a volley from range, but Kawashima dives to his left to catch.
Terrible corner, doesn't go anywhere, except up the other end of the pitch as Senegal break.
Sakai is rolling around after a firm challenge from Sabaly. Japan have a corner.
Free kick to Japan as Sarr fouls Inui. It's about 35 yards out, on the left.
Flag goes up as Senegal look at adding to their advantage.
CLOSE! Japan take some neat touches and Hasabe flinds himself in space on the edge of the box, and opts to let rip with a shot, which cannons off his own player in a packed area.
They deserve it, mind. Just a very peculiar goal.
- GoalSadio ManéSenegal
GOAL! What a ludicrous goal! Good cross to the far post from Wague, absolute failure to clear from Haraguchi, and the goalkeeper pushes it out against Mane's legs.
Yoshida does well to clear, and then the two outfield Ndiayes link up to get the ball forward again.
Mane is starting to assert himself, launching a counter from the back.
CLOSE! Good claim from Kawashima as Sabaly takes it to the line and puts in an acute cross.
Senegal are looking really bright in these opening exchanges, closing down Japan attacks and then countering with fluency.
Inui looking to make an early break.
And a really positive start from Senegal, good cross from Wague, which reaches Mane but Yoshida puts the pressure on.
5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - kick-off!
Time for the national anthems.
TEAMS: Japan - Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Sakai, Yoshida, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Hasebe, Osako. /// Senegal - Ndiaye, Koulibaly, Sabaly, Wague, Gueye, Sane, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Mane, Sarr, Niang.
Well, this is the best photo I've seen so far this World Cup. WWE's Akira Tozawa.
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