Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit

How Senegal’s masterful tactics led to victory over Poland

How Senegal’s masterful tactics led to victory over Poland

In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.

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.

"The best team on the pitch was Japan, we have to admit", said Cisse, who as captain led Senegal to the quarterfinals in 2002.

It was one of the moments of the World Cup thus far.

England, who won their opening game against Tunisa 2-1, thanks to a Harry Kane double are expected to win comfortably aginst World Cup debutants Panama. Japan and Senegal meet in the second match, each coming into the game on the back of a 2-1 win and co-leading Group H.

Japan salvaged a point against Senegal thanks to a late Keisuke Honda equalizer. "I won't describe it that way", the 42-year-old said.

Japan impressed in their shock win over Colombia, but it's worth noting they were greatly aided by an early red card and still struggled to put the South Americans away.

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We might have known there would be drama aplenty when Colombian Carlos Sanchez was sent off for imitating a goalkeeper exactly 180 seconds into the first Group H match, forcing Jose Pekerman's team to play a man down for 92 minutes, including stoppage time, in an eventual 2-1 loss the Japanese. "We're much looking forward to the match, how we are going to beat them, and I'd like to show you how tomorrow". "We didn't lose today".

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 are a fine team that knows how to play and it's also an aggressive team. But definitely they can play together and if they are top form we are tempted to play them together".

With Colombia needing to kickstart their campaign with a victory, Pekerman accepts he is likely to make changes to his team and playing James and Quintero together is something he has considered. To do so, a Senegal defense led by Kalidou Koulibaly has to stay as focused as they were against Poland, when they nullified the impact of star striker Robert Lewandowski.

The 29-year-old striker has averaged nearly a goal a game for Bayern in the past three seasons, and 57 percent of Poland's goals in World Cup qualifying came from the Warsaw native.

Flushed with joy after watching Yuya Osako bag a second-half victor for Japan against 10-man Colombia in Russian Federation on Tuesday, jubilant fans made another dash for the loo at the final whistle, causing another spike of 50 per cent in water use.

The Poles came out firing at the start of the second half but their limitations remained and Cuadrado was soon causing them more problems down the right.

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