Japan coach Akira Nishino stands by attacking tactics - 'We wanted to win'

Senegal players celebrate their victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Senegal at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow

Senegal players celebrate their victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Senegal at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow

Japan stunned 10-man Colombia to take charge of Group H and Nishino revealed that some of his players had wanted to settle for a draw after 45 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1.

John Sulo captured the moment when he and a few Japan fans bonded after the soccer match.

The second round of group-stage fixtures at the FIFA World Cup will be completed on Sunday, with the race to qualify from Group H in focus. It was a record-breaking goal, propelling the 19-year-old to become Africa's youngest ever goal scorer in the history of the World Cup.

If you haven't yet landed on who to root for during the World Cup, you should seriously consider getting behind Senegal.

Mane had been more impressive than in the 2-1 win against Poland but Cisse said: "Yes, of course he can do better".

Both Japan and Senegal had to dig deep to come through their opening matches against opponents who were arguably stronger player for player.

"We pressured them well at the start and they made some errors, which we exploited".

Japan failed to deal with a right-wing cross with Genki Haraguchi nodding the ball straight to Senegal defender Youssouf Sabaly in the box.

That would be a first for Japan - the farthest they have advanced at a World Cup was the last 16 in 2002 and 2010.

"There was a way to win this match". "We started well, we created a lot of opportunities, we were quite risky... we now have a decisive match to qualify next week".

"He is a tough guy, a very serious coach and that is what he wants to be known for", said Ndongo N'Diaye, the sports adviser to the country's President, Macky Sall.

As it stands, Japan and Senegal have four points after two games, with Colombia and Poland on zero, though they have played a game less. I am with players who have been in the national team for a long time and they are at big clubs.

"Japan are not the kind of team that can aim for a point and go and carry that plan out", captain Makoto Hasebe said on Monday. Colombia have three, while Poland are yet to pick up a point.

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