Southampton defender Yoshida hails fearless Japan boss Nishino

YEKATERINBURG Japan’s Keisuke Honda heads the ball during a training session at the Yekaterinburg Arena on Saturday.—AP

The dancing did not help the Senegalese beat the representatives of Japan, as the match ended with the score 2:2. We don't have a World Cup every year.

Mane was the beneficiary of poor defending on 11 minutes when goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a mess of a shot, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star.

Japan is only planning for victory against already eliminated Poland and will not think about playing for a draw to qualify for the World Cup's knockout rounds, according to captain Makoto Hasebe.

Japan has been impressive in Russian Federation, particularly during its 2-1 victory over Colombia when admittedly it was playing against 10 men for most of the match.

Such is the interest the Japanese fans' behaviour has generated, a journalist from The Sun tabloid newspaper in Britain asked defender Maya Yoshida about it on the eve of Sunday's clash with Senegal in Yekaterinburg.

Senegal face Colombia in their final match and sit top of the group alongside Japan on four points. Upset that we conceded two goals. It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal. The Japanese responded seven minutes later and it was Honda who announced his presence with the much-needed equaliser from close range.

"We know that Japan is a good team, they're good at passing, they can put pressure (on the opponent), they're very disciplined", Cisse added.

"It's possible to stop him, but he has an influence on the other players and that's what we are concerned about", Nishino said. "We wanted to win and we didn't, so it's normal to be frustrated".

"We started this game well".

Videos posted on social media showed Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves in the wake of their win over Colombia, picking up litter under the seats in their section of the stadium.

Both sides are approaching the match with confidence after winning their opening games - Japan 2-1 against Colombia, and Senegal by the same margin against Poland.

Princess Hisako of Takamada is the first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russian Federation in more than a century.