Japan vs Senegal: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_img Sadio Mane will be key for Senegal against Japan MATCH REPORTKroos stunner brings Germany back from the brink and breaks Swedish hearts 3 3 Senegal manager Aliou Cisse Having both won their opening Group H matches, a place in the last 16 of the World Cup could be sealed by Japan or Senegal when they meet on Sunday.Japan took advantage of an early sending off to beat Colombia 2-1 in their first match in Russia and another victory would see them become the first Asian side to win their opening two games at a World Cup. LIVE ON TALKSPORTGermany v Sweden: Preview, team news and radio commentary Japan warm up at the Ekaterinburg Arena ahead of their clash with Senegal MUTINYArgentina players stage coup against under fire manager Jorge Sampaoli – reports 3 Latest World Cup news NO DRAMA‘It wasn’t even the team!’ – Southgate defends media over supposed England ‘leak’ TEAM NEWSSterling will start for England against Panamacenter_img They could be without Keisuke Honda, who suffered a thigh problem after coming on as a substitute, while Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki is fit but likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.Senegal impressed in their 2-1 victory over Poland and, with no apparent injury concerns, are likely to field the same team.Key playerJapan: Once regarded as one of Europe’s brightest talents, Shinji Kagawa has perhaps gone under the radar a touch. Since returning to Borussia Dortmund from Old Trafford in 2014, the attacking midfielder has shown he still possesses undeniable qualities that were shoehorned into a United side built around the fading Wayne Rooney. A well-taken penalty and an assured performance in the last game show he is back and means business.Senegal: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was described as one of the world’s best players by his Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on the eve of the tournament having enjoyed another excellent club season, which he capped by becoming the first Senegalese player to score in a Champions League final. He was closely marked against Poland and will be once more against Japan, with their manager Akira Nishino highlighting him as the biggest danger to his side. GROUP GEngland v Panama: World Cup 2018 match preview, team line-ups, and more LIVE ON TALKSPORTSouth Korea v Mexico: Preview, team news and radio commentary GROUP FGermany v Sweden: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, key player plus more INJURY BLOWBelgium front three all doubtful for England clash What the players are sayingSadio Mane (Senegal): “I think it’s going to be a good match, it’s very important for us and (we need) to be supportive. Our strength? It’s not Sadio Mane, it’s the team.”Predicted XIsJapan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Yoshida, Haruguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako, Hasebe, Sakai.Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kalibouly, Sbaly, Sane, Gana, A.Ndiaye, P.Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, Mane.Where can I stream Japan vs Senegal?The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 4pm.You can listen live by clicking this link – Japan v Senegal. LIVE ON TALKSPORTJapan v Senegal: Preview, team news and radio commentary TOTTENHAM TUSSLEToby Alderweireld excited to face Spurs team-mate Harry Kane at World Cup GROUP FMexico on the verge of World Cup last 16 with routine win over South Korea What the managers are sayingAkira Nishino (Japan): “For the past several days, I have been telling my players to gain five centimetres and five kilograms but it failed, so we need other measures! Of course there is a ball, and through using the ball we are going to take on Senegal. If there’s a lot of physical contact then we will be at a disadvantage, therefore we will have to make some variations and then we can use our quickness.“We need to move the ball well, so rather than physicality we have to use our brain to come up with some tactics and strategies.”Aliou Cisse (Senegal): “These are players who have grown. I am with players who have been in the national team for a long time and they are at big clubs. They want to write their own history. We don’t have a World Cup every year. They know that this could be their last. That is close to their heart.” talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img

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