Senegal’s Aliou Cisse unhappy with defence against Japan

Senegal’s Aliou Cisse unhappy with defence against Japan
Kalidou Koulibaly (R)

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 25, 2018. 17:00

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has lashed out at his defence after their 2-2 draw against Japan on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions of Teranga allowed the Japanese to come back twice in the game as they settled for a point in their second Group H match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking after the match, Cisse lambasted his back four for letting Japan equalise twice, saying he expected more from central defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Salif Sane.

Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague netted for the West Africans as they dominated for much of the first half until Takashi Inui replied with a curling shot for Japan.

"Of course there are regrets, but we must say we didn't see a great Senegal team tonight compared to the previous match against Poland," Cisse said.

"Despite the fact we were leading twice, what is annoying for me is the two goals we conceded. All I know is at this level of competition with the players we have today, who are world-class, these were avoidable goals. That is crystal clear.

"The best team on the pitch was Japan, we have to admit. We were getting the ball and then we were losing it... I thought there were a lot of technical errors, too many.

"Yes, of course he (Mane) can do better.

"Whether it's Sane or Koulibaly, they're great players. I think they were perhaps less good today. We're going to work on that. Koulibaly needs to show his qualities, and Sane the same."

In their final match in the group against Colombia, the Senegalese will hope for a win to secure their spot in the knockout stages.

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