Senegal's Wague makes African history at World Cup

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The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

However, a star was born as one of the Teranga Lions made history with a superb goal that has the potential to transform his career.

"Honda was moved wide from the centre and he was very versatile in adapting to that position", explained Nishino.

"Of course he's going to be marked more closely, so we will have to support him in the next match if we're to get the win", Yoshida said.

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Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. Youssouf Sabaly then sent a shot toward goal that Eiji Kawashima was unable to control and Mane tapped it into the net. As a precaution, two Japan defenders ran the other way, just in case the assistant referee decided not to give it or they somehow managed to balls it up.

After the goal, Japan coach Akira Nishino immediately pointed to Honda and six minutes later the recently installed manger was clenching his fist. Japan tied it up both times. Japan's two goals against Colombia came on a penalty and a corner kick.

"Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed", Mane said. "And that's normal because there was a way to win this match", Mane said. "We didn't lose today. But group matches are played over three stages so we will hope for the best for the game against Colombia".

Both teams now sit on four points in Group H and but still have work to do if they wish to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the competition. Senegal who re-took the lead when youngster Wague pounced on a cross at the far post to ram into the roof of the Japan net.

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After the game was over, the Japanese and Senegalese fans - equipped with blue trash bags - joined forces to clean the stadium.

As it is, they will have to endure an anxious wait for the result of Poland and Colombia's clash later on Sunday to know what they need to do in the final round of fixtures on Thursday.

"It is very important to neutralise Mane but we did a pretty good job in dulling his threat, but what we were more anxious about was the impact he has on other Senegal players".

Japan are unlikely to have a man advantage for a second straight match.

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