PREVIEW: Japan vs Senegal: Two underdogs leading the charges Featured
24 Jun

PREVIEW: Japan vs Senegal: Two underdogs leading the charges

Following shock wins over Colombia and Poland, Japan and Senega both have the brightest chance of making it into the last-16 on Sunday.
 
Japan netted twice  to see off Colombia with goals from Shingi Kagawa and Osako Yuya proving to be enough for them to snatch all three points.
 
 
The Blue Samorai became the first Asian side to defeat South American opposition in the World cup finals after their win against a 10-man Colombian side.
 
 
Senegal also became the first African nation to claim all three points at the 2018 World Cup defeating a Robert Lewandoski-led Poland team.
 
 
Manager Aliou Cisse is certain an African team will one day win the World cup and is hoping his boys will emulate the Senegal side of 2002.
 
 
These two sides have met each other three times, with Senegal winning twice and drawing once in their trio of friendly encounters.
 
 
Japan are likely to field the same starting lineup that beat Colombia on Tuesday, with Yuya Osako expected to retain his place up front after scoring the winner in that match.
 
 
Aliou Cisse will be reluctant to make any serious changes to the side that beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday, although Moussa Sow and Ismaila Sarr will both be hoping for some game time.
 
 
Japan Predicted XI:Kawashima, Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Hasebe, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako
 
Senegal Predicted XI: N’Diaye, Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly, Gueye, N’Diaye, Sarr, Mane, Diouf, Niang
 
By: Ishaak Hussein Shakino
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