Japan's Keisuke Honda believes team can 'fool' Senegal in Group H meeting

Ruben Ruiz
June 24, 2018

A match with mighty Belgium and gifted Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku looms to conclude group play.

There's another similarity between Iceland and Panama that should enter into England's preparation.

The former Hertha Berlin and Fortuna Dusseldorf player said the team had received detailed feedback of their performance on Tuesday, including distances run and passes completed, in order to help identify areas for improvement.

Both teams have to win to stay alive in the tournament after losing their opening games.

Southgate turned the page on England's "golden generation" in a bid to revitalize the squad.

"This World Cup is my third".

Panama, for its part, has played the role of a team happy to be here.

Morocco drew 2-2 against Norway in Montpellier, Cameroon drew 1-1 against Austria in Toulouse and Bafana Bafana of South Africa, making their World Cup debut, received a baptism of fire in a 0-3 mauling at the hands of hosts France in Marseille.

"It should have been worse", he said.

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The Asian giants, who drafted in Akira Nishino as coach just weeks before the World Cup, find themselves surprisingly top of Group H after beating Colombia 2-1 in their opener. That means the victor would be in good shape to advance past the group stage, and a draw could end up benefiting either or both.

Substitute Keisuke Honda equalised with 12 minutes left as Japan twice pegged back Senegal in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday that leaves World Cup Group H wide open. Nigeria is the other.

Dramatically, the most successful country in World Cup history, Brazil has a mixed-race population of over 50% (47% of them black) and has relied upon non-white players such as Pele, Garrincha, Romario and Ronaldo to win the trophy five times.

Colombia recovered after the sending off playing well for the next 60 minutes or so but then got beat in the end by Japan.

Senegal will advance if they win and Colombia do not (25.3%). Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation's only previous World Cup appearance. The lightning-quick forward has registered 10 goals and 7 assists in 29 Premier League matches for Liverpool and a further 10 goals and 1 assist for Liverpool in their road to the UEFA Champions League Final. "We will win. Colombia one, Poland zero".

The tournament couldn't have started much worse for Colombia.

This qualification has been contentious, with Senegal benefiting from an unprecedented decision by Federation Internationale de Football Association to order a replay of their 2-1 loss in South Africa because of match-fixing by the referee.

Authorities in Colombia have said they are investigating a death threat made against Sanchez on social media. Because of his experience he's an interesting, important player for Colombia, but we are talking about an important position and can't make a mistake there.

"It will be like a final", he said.

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