Nonetheless, he gave a timely reminder of his importance with 12 minutes left on the clock, as he was perfectly positioned inside the area after Inui kept alive a deep cross from Osako, dispatching his shot home despite two defenders attempting to block on the line to earn his side a crucial point. Juan Fernando Quintero leveled the score before the half, but the Colombians eventually cracked.
Japan's Keisuke Honda celebrates with Shinji Okazaki after scoring their second goal.
Japan were back on level terms on 34 minutes thanks to Takashi Inui who curled in a low strike into the bottom corner. The first goal came on a Thiago Cionek own goal inside the final 10 minutes before halftime.
M'Baye Niang scored the victor against Poland, and the Torino striker is likely to lead the line again on Sunday. Wojciech Szczesny, out of his goal tracking the high ball back to him, got caught in no-man's land. A draw between the two would be a great result for both Japan and Senegal, who hope to wrap up a knockout stage spot on Thursday.
Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate, left, and Sadio Mane greet supporters at the end of the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Neither side could find a victor in the final 10 minutes and had to settle for a share of the spoils, which leaves them joint top of Group H with four points each after two matches. If one team manages to win, though, it will be ensured of passage into the second round.
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Both teams had chances to reclaim the lead before half-time. Live streaming is available on FOX Sports, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the FOX Sports app.
Japan as a team showed character and persistence to keep going after a poor first half and they got their reward in their opener.
When Japan did transition offensively, they wasted the ball too often, and their possession was too slow.
Japan need to take advantage of their set pieces.
"I'm sure he's regretting that decision after conceding that goal". They moved it at a better tempo and penetrated more effectively.
Senegal must not underestimate them. The African side, on the other hand, could turn out the Japanese defense with their speed.