Thursday, February 22, 2024

Group H | Japan vs Senegal – World Cup Preview

After the first set of games, Group H remains wide open. Japan look to take on Senegal after both teams picked up wins in their opening games of the tournament. Japan beat Colombia while Senegal won against Poland. Both teams previously played against opposition who made huge mistakes. This will therefore be a big test for both teams. 

Group H: Japan

The Japanese team won against Colombia in their first game, picking up points against one of the favoured teams in the group. Although the team was not seen as making an impression in this tournament, Japan look to build upon their strong start. One of the big questions will be who will start up front for the team.

Both Shinji Okazaki and Yuya Osako are in contention to lead the line. Japan have a chance to become the first ever Asian team to win their first two games at a World Cup. Japan will have to rely on Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda if they are to capitalise on their first win. This will be a big test for the team as the country was not expected to make a big impact at this tournament.

Group H: Senegal

Senegal will be looking to take control of Group H after their victory over Poland in their opening game. This match should test Senegal more as Poland were their own worst enemy in the first match of the group. M’Baye Niang will be looking to add to his goal against Poland in order to get his tournament really up and running.

The strong Senegal team look to develop upon their comfortable 2-1 victory over Poland. A tight and efficient team will be looking to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the World Cup. Sadio Mané aims to lead his team into the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2002.

Japan will play Senegal at 4:00pm GMT at the Central Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

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