Confident Japan keen to flaunt attack against Senegal

Sergio Cunningham
June 24, 2018

After missing out on the World Cup four years ago because of an injury, Radamel Falcao is now in danger of being out of title contention after only two matches at the sport's marquee tournament.

Although thousands of miles away from their Bogota home, the couple and their sons Matteo and Marcel found the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Kazan, the city where Poland and Colombia meet later on Sunday.

Both these teams were full value for their wins, but Senegal produced arguably the most impressive performance of anyone in Matchday 1 and look overpriced at 27/20 here.

Both teams were disappointing in their opening games.

"It will be like a final".

"We've had to finetune a few little details, but he's been working hard in recent days and we're hoping he'll be 100%". "Perhaps we won't make as many mistakes as we did before, because we all know this is a match that will determine who will continue in the World Cup".

Yet things did not go according to plan as defender Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a handball within three minutes of the kickoff, making it the second-fastest red card in World Cup history after Uruguay's Jorge Batista was sendoff in the very first minute of their 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico. Being forced to watch his countrymen reach the quarterfinals without him was heartbreaking for the Monaco striker, who did everything this season to arrive in Russian Federation in peak physical form.

He also made news by arguing forcefully that global soccer needs more black coaches.

"I'm 32 years old and four years is pretty long".

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"When we get possession we need to make faster decisions". "It was not easy to play in these conditions. All we need to do is show it again". "We lost one match but there are two ahead of us, it is all up to us".

Like Falcao, Poland's top striker Lewandowski arrived in Russian Federation with a point to prove following his mediocre display at the 2016 Euros. Poland was let down by its defense in the opener against Senegal.

"I'm feeling that this World Cup is my final one", Honda said at the team's training base in Kazan yesterday. "Above all, we didn't live up to our potential".

After an untypically humble build-up to the tournament, England fans have allowed themselves to dream of World Cup glory following last week's win over Tunisia.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is preparing to unleash James Rodriguez on Poland in an attempt to prevent an early World Cup exit.

Glik, formerly Torino's captain, was ruled out of Poland's first match after injuring his shoulder at practice but has now been declared fit.

As for hosts Russian Federation, their performances have surely been inspired by a nation rallying behind the team.

Senegal, who reached the quarter-finals in the country's previous World Cup appearance in 2002, needed just over 10 minutes to go in front.

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