Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

No win, no problem: Japan fans keep faith for last 16

No win, no problem: Japan fans keep faith for last 16

Senegal shocked Poland by securing all three points thanks to an own-goal and M'Baye Niang's controversial goal after entering the pitch just seconds earlier. They had a lot of technical errors, which we have used. "I can't come up with that at the moment, so rather than physicality, we have to use our brain to come up with some tactics and strategies".

Both teams won their opening games of the World Cup, yet it was the two sets of fans who grabbed the headlines.

"We need to have more concentration and be more rigorous", Cisse said.

But the North Africans, who have lost only one of their last 11 games under Aliou Cisse, can emulate their counterparts of 16 years ago, according to the former Birmingham defender.

"We had a great generation of players then (in 2002), we have a good generation now".

"So we now have a decisive match to try to qualify".

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Slow starters against Panama, Belgium got things done early on Saturday despite the warm conditions at Spartak Stadium. The African side kept finding space in Belgium's three at the back formation, but they lacked the quality to equalize.

Yoshida, meanwhile, said Japan's first two results have put the squad in a confident mood ahead of the Poland match. "We're much looking forward to the match, how we are going to beat them, and I'd like to show you how tomorrow".

Senegal will rue the final result after seeing their led erased twice, and will now have to wait till Thursday when they take on Colombia to see if they reach the knockout stages.

Despite his personal performance, Inui echoed the words of his coach Akira Nishino in expressing disappointment that Japan did not get the win that would have put them in control of the group.

It is repeated at other public areas in the Asian country, including cafes, cinemas and music concerts.Masaya Tsukada, in Russian Federation to see his country play, said cleaning up after a game was an unofficial "fan rule".

Poland, by contrast, has been one of the competition's disappointing teams, particularly in attack despite the presence of star striker Robert Lewandowski.

Their conduct is a healthy antidote to scenes of violence that have marred some major worldwide football tournaments down the years, though this World Cup has been free so far of disorder. "That is close to their heart".

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