Honda equaliser denies Senegal victory

The Lions of Teranga were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan after a heroic equaliser by substitute veteran forward Keisuke Honda.

By SportBrief Reporter

Keisuke Honda was Japan’s hero once again as he rescued a 2-2 draw with Senegal as the two teams remained joint-top of World Cup Group H.

In a game of goalkeeping errors, Senegal took an early lead when Eiji Kawashima turned Youssouf Sabaly’s shot into the body of Sadio Mane for a goal he knew little about after 11 minutes.

Senegal had the better of the first half, and Japan offered little until Takashi Inui’s curler beat Khadim Ndiaye 34 minutes in.

The Asian side would go onto enjoy their best spell of the game just after half-time, but it was cut short when Moussa Wague fired high into the net from a tight angle from Sabaly’s low cross.

Honda, Japan’s record World Cup goalscorer, would have the final word, though, by netting from close range after goalkeeper Ndiaye had missed a cross completely, for his fourth goal in a World Cup finals.

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