Mane and Senegal holding no fear for Japan
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Japan and Senegal registered unlikely wins over Colombia and Poland by similar 2-1 margin in their group opener and one of these sides could edge closer to knockout qualification on Sunday.
Win or lose, both teams remains in round of 16 qualification until the final group game. However, the winner could qualify if Poland and Colombia plays out a stalemate.
The lone meeting between the two sides date back to a friendly in 2003, won by Japan 1-0.
Both sides will be highly motivated after their respective displays in the opening game of the tournament.
With 3 points in their bag, the pressure is somewhat less and thus either sides can play some free flowing football, that both are capable of.
Japan are a side that scored 11 goals from 9 friendlies prior to the World Cup, while Senegal were more defensive during that period, yet with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane on their ranks, one must expect them to open up any back-line.
Neither of their defenses are particularly sterile and this is why we expect an open game at the Yekaterinburg.
To sum up, we don’t see a clear winner in this game, but both side are expected to go for the win with a difficult opponent to come in the final group game.
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