Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has expressed his disappointment that his team could only settle for a draw against Japan in Sunday’s Group H Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup clash which ended 2-2.
Despite going in front twice, Senegal could not hold on to their lead as Japan drew level on two occasions.
Sadio Mane put Senegal 1-0 up on 12 minutes but Takashi Inui made it 1-1 in the 34th minute.
19-year old Moussa Wague restored Senegal’s lead in the 72nd minute but for the second time in the game, the West Africans could not hold on to their lead as Keisuke Honda equalised for Japan.
“Of course we have regrets,” Cisse lamented in his post-match press conference.
“We must acknowledge that we didn’t see a great Senegalese performance tonight in comparison to the match against Poland. We were not very good frankly, and Japan were the better team, I have to admit that. But despite that fact, we led twice and what’s annoying for me is the two goals we conceded.
“Japan played as expected; they are a very technical team with such good quality in that respect. We pressured them well at the start and they made some errors, which we exploited. But as soon as we gave them some space, it became difficult for us. Now we have to hope for the best when we face Colombia.”
Senegal will face Colombia in their final group game while Japan take on Poland on Thursday. Both games will take place simultaneously at the Samara and Volgograd Arenas respectively.