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Russia 2018: Mane scores as Senegal share spoils with Japan

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the first goal in Senegal's encounter with Japan
Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the first goal in Senegal's encounter with Japan

Sadio Mane got the opening goal as Senegal were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their second group game of the World Cup on Sunday.

The Liverpool forward captained his country in Ekaterinburg and gave them the lead in the 12th minute, when Eiji Kawashima’s parry from Youssouf Sabaly’s shot rebounded off his shin and in.

Takashi Inui curled home an equaliser for Japan before half-time, before Mane played a part in Senegal’s second goal, scored by Moussa Wague with 19 minutes to play.

At that stage, Mane and his teammates were on course to take charge of Group H with two wins from two matches. But Japan substitute, Keisuke Honda, slotted home a leveller to ensure the sides sit joint top of the pool with four points apiece.

Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in their first game and should progress with at least a point in their last group game against Colombia.

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