Senegal's team easily has the best dance moves of the World Cup
- Author: Steve Townsend Jun 25, 2018,
Jun 25, 2018, 2:13
It speaks of the country's biggest star, James Rodriguez, and his two goals to defeat Uruguay 2-0 in the Maracana in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Yerry Mina finally broke the deadlock just before halftime when he headed Rodriguez's cross home. However, England needed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come on late to provide a creative spark. Although luck has nothing to do with how well England are playing, albeit against poor opponents.
After scoring his first worldwide goal, which proved to be a decisive second for Senegal against Poland, M'Baye Niang said that the story is still not over as they have a lot more to achieve.
But their shock win over Colombia sparked expectations among supporters that the team - who had failed to win a match at the tournament four years ago - were ready to make an impact.
Poland and Colombia were group favourites, but are now in a situation where failing to win this match could end their World Cup early.
Yerry Mina headed in Colombia's opener in 40th minute after Rodriguez picked the defender out with a sublime cross.
Poland and Colombia will kickstart the second tie of the group from 9 pm local time, 11:30 pm IST and 7 pm BST. Cuadrado's cool finish ended Poland's resistance and ensured the Colombians live to dance another day.
However, substitute Keisuke Honda restored parity for Japan six minutes after coming on, slotting in past two sprawling Senegalese defenders. As FIFA explains, you lose a point for a yellow card, lose three points for an indirect red card (two yellows), a direct red card is minus-four points, and a yellow and direct red is minus-five.
The Blue Samurai have largely worked on keeping things tight at the back since head coach Akira Nishino took over from the sacked Vahid Halilhodzic in April but saw their attack shift gears in Tuesday's 2-1 win over 10-man Colombia in Saransk.
In other games on Sunday, Japan can all but guarantee themselves a place in the second round if they follow up their surprise opening defeat of Colombia by beating Senegal in Group H. But he's more concerned with Kane's tally and his chance to beat Ronaldo and others to the Golden Boot for the tournament's top scorer.
The third goal was "probably one of the luckiest ones of my career", he said. 'But as a striker you go through spells when you're scoring, sometimes they don't fall for you. There was the feel-good tale of Senegal's return to the World Cup stage for the first time since its unlikely run to the quarterfinals in 2002 and, well, that was about it. Senegal features one of the most balanced sides around and the ability to score on quick counter-attacks or work nice build-up play gives them options.
It was one of the moments of the World Cup thus far. The scenes inside the stadium among the Panama fans were wild.
Current World Cup top scorer on five goals after two games, Kane was then substituted for Jaime Vardy up front, to a standing ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans at Nizhny Novgorod.
- Only once before have Colombia lost both of their opening two games in a World Cup tournament, doing so against Romania and US back in 1994.