2018 World Cup: Japan 2-2 Senegal - As it happened

2018 World Cup: Japan 2-2 Senegal - As it happened
epa06836688 Sadio Mane of Senegal (R) and Genki Haraguchi of Japan in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group H preliminary round soccer match between Japan and Senegal in Ekaterinburg, Russia, 24 June 2018.

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 24, 2018. 18:49

Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2018 World Cup Group H match between Japan and Senegal from the Ekateringburg Arena in Yekaterinburg.

Senegal: K.N'Diaye, Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly, A. N'Diaye, Gueye, P.N'Diaye, Sadio Mane, Niang, I.Sarr.

Japan: Kawashima, Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Hasebe, Kagawa, Haraguchi, Inui, Osako.

Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

1' - The match is underway.

5' - Senegal's Lions of Teranga are doing most of the attacking as they look to grab an early goal.

10' - Alfred N'Diaye has started ahead of Kouyate once again which sees Mane carrying the captain's armband.

11' - GOAL! Japan 0-1 Senegal. Mane scores from close range to hand the Lions of Teranga the lead.

15' - Hasebe tries his luck from range and his effort is blocked inside the Japan box as the Blue Samurai look to respond with a goal.

20' - Japan are pressing as Shibasaki's free-kick is headed away by Senegal defender Sane.

25' - Sane makes another crucial clearance from Japan full-back Nagamoto's cross as the Blue Samurai look to level matters.

30' - It is still 1-0 to Senegal as we reach the half-hour mark.

34' - GOAL! Japan 1-1 Senegal. Inui curls the ball into the bottom corner to restore parity.

35' - Nagamoto did well down the left-hand side, before setting up Inui, who beat Senegal goalkeeper K.N'Diaye with a good finish.

40' - CHANCE! Niang finds himself in a one-on-one situation against Kawashima, who makes a great save to deny the Senegal attacker.

45' - The fourth official has added one minute.

HALF-TIME: Japan 1-1 Senegal.

46' - The second-half is underway.

50' - The Blue Samurai have started well as Osako forces Senegal keeper N'Diaye into a routine save with a header.

55' - Niang beats his marker outside the Japan box and he forces Kawashima into a low save as Senegal look to restore their lead.

59' - CAUTION: Niang (Senegal).

60' - It is still 1-1 here in Russia as we reach the hour-mark.

64' - CLOSE! Inui's hits the crossbar with Senegal keeper N'Diaye rooted to the ground. The Senegal defence was exposed.

65' - Senegal sub: Kouyate IN, A.N'Diaye OUT.

70' - CAUTION: Nagamoto (Japan).

71' - GOAL! Japan 1-2 Senegal. Wague fires home from the blind spot to restore Lions of Teranga's lead.

72' - Japan sub: Honda IN, Kagawa OUT.

75' - Japan sub: Haraguchi IN, Okazaki OUT.

78' GOAL! Japan 2-2 Senegal. Honda fires past N'Diaye with a powerful shot to level matters.

80' - It is end to end stuff as we enter the final minutes of the game.

81' - Senegal sub: N'Doye IN, P.N'Diaye OUT.

85' - Senegal sub: Diouf IN, Niang OUT.

87' - Japan sub: Usami IN, Unui OUT.

90' - The fourth official has added four minutes.

FULL-TIME: Japan 2-2 Senegal.

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