Senegal and Japan maintained their unbeaten start to the World Cup this summer by playing out an enthralling 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Sadio Mané inadvertadly scored the opening goal of the game after a howler from Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, but danger man Takashi Inui pulled one back for the Blue Samurai before half time.
Teenage full back Moussa Wagué restored Senegal’s lead midway through the second half but Japan responded once again through Keisuke Honda, ensuring that the points would be shared at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
Here’s how the players fared on matchday two.
1. Japan: Goalkeeper & Defenders
Eiji Kawashima 5/10 – Butter fingers. Gifted Senegal their opening goal.
Hiroki Sakai 6/10 – Senegal had too much joy down the wings on Sunday.
Maya Yoshida 6/10 – Japan’s best defender (just) but struggled to deal with Senegal’s attacking players.
Gen Shoji 6/10 – Not much too be said.
Yuto Nagatomo 5/10 – Not as influential compared to his performance against Colombia.
2. Japan: Midfielders
Gaku Shibasaki 6/10 – No highlights from the midfielder but no major criticism either.
Makoto Hasebe 7/10 – Mr Reliable for the Blue Samurai even at 34 years of age.
Shinji Kagawa 6/10 – Another disappointing performance from a player who is usually Japan’s talisman.
3. Japan: Forwards
Genki Haraguchi 5/10 – A quiet performance from the winger. At fault for the opening goal of the game too.
Takashi Inui 8/10 – Brings something different to Japan’s attack and took his goal brilliantly, very unlucky to not find the back of the net again.
Yuya Osako 5/10 – Missed a sitter, showcasing why the forward isn’t an out and out striker.
4. Japan: Substitutes
Keisuke Honda 7/10 – Japan’s record goalscorer at the World Cup, and the first to score at three different tournaments after getting his name on the scoresheet against Senegal.
Shinji Okazaki 6/10 – Offered the Blue Samurai an outlet in attack which had been missing.
Takashi Usami N/A
5. Senegal: Goalkeeper & Defenders
Khadim N’Diaye 6/10 – Couldn’t do much to stop Japan from scoring and was largely untroubled throughout the game.
Moussa Wagué 8/10 – Very accomplished display from the teenager and scored his first international goal.
Salif Sané 7/10 – Continued his fine form from last season into the tournament.
Kalidou Koulibaly 6/10 – Everything you’d expect from the Napoli defender but guilty of ball watching at times.
Youssouf Sabaly 8/10 – Was up and down the touchline throughout the match, one of Senegal’s better players on Sunday.
6. Senegal: Midfielders
Idrissa Gueye 6/10 – Used further forward that what he’s used to at Everton and it showed.
Alfred N’Diaye 6/10 – Nothing to shout about and was Senegal’s first player to be brought off the pitch.
Badou Ndiaye 6/10 – Not quite at his best but still a solid performance.
7. Senegal: Forwards
Ismaïla Sarr 8/10 – Already being compared to Ousmane Dembélé and you can see why.
Sadio Mané 7/10 – Senegal’s talisman but he needed a slice of luck to get on the scoresheet.
M’Baye Niang 7/10 – A real danger man throughout the game but lacking that killer instinct in the final third.
8. Senegal: Substitutes
Cheikhou Kouyaté 6/10 – Added some extra steel to Senegal’s midfield.
Cheikh N’Doye 6/10 – A handful in the midfield but had very little impact on the game.
Mame Biram Diouf 6/10 – Wasn’t given enough time to impact the game but he gave Japan’s defenders a headache.