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Japan vs Senegal draw keeps World Cup last-16 hopes alive

Japan vs Senegal : Keisuke Honda’s late goal earned Japan a deserved 2-2 draw against Senegal in Yekaterinburg on Sunday to keep alive both teams’ hopes of last-16 qualification from Group H.

Japan vs Senegal
Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) celebrates with Japan’s midfielder Makoto Hasebe (R) as Senegal’s defender Salif Sane kneels on the pitch at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Japan and Senegal at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO /

A lucky deflection off Sadio Mane put Senegal into an early lead, with Takashi Inui levelling. Against the run of play, teenager Moussa Wague put the Africans back in front only for Honda to fire into an open net and snatch a point.

The stalemate leaves both sides on four points. Pointless Poland and Colombia meet later Sunday in Kazan with the last-16 spots determined next Thursday.


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