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Hosts march on as Japan, Senegal break new floor

THE DAY REPLAYED - All 32 groups on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ have now been in motion, and logic was turned on its head as Group H obtain...


THE DAY REPLAYED – All 32 groups on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ have now been in motion, and logic was turned on its head as Group H obtained underway. Japan and Senegal defied their respective FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating placings of 61 and 27 to beat Colombia and Poland, respectively ranked 16th and eighth.

Although the Samurai Blue had been handed an early one-man benefit when Carlos Sanchez was despatched off after solely three minutes – the second-fastest purple card in World Cup historical past after Jose Batista’s dismissal at Mexico 1986 – they confirmed resolve in retaking the lead after Los Cafeteros had equalised. Their win was the primary for an Asian aspect over South American opposition within the competitors’s historical past, after 15 defeats and three attracts.

There was one other continental first within the day’s subsequent sport: victory for an African aspect at Russia 2018. Following defeats for Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia, the Lions of Teranga opened Africa’s account with victory over Poland. Senegal had been helped of their job by a Thiago Cionek personal purpose and a misplaced Grzegorz Krychowiak backpass, intercepted by a grateful Mbaye Niang.

With the primary spherical of matches duly accomplished, Group A adversaries Russia and Egypt opened the second. In majestic kind of their match opener, the Russians had been up in opposition to a Pharaohs aspect nonetheless recovering from their late defeat to Uruguay however buoyed by the return of Mohamed Salah. And as soon as once more the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating was turned on its head, because the workforce positioned 70th proved too sturdy for a aspect ranked 25 locations above them. The defeated outfit proved beneficiant as soon as extra, as Ahmed Fathi put by his personal purpose. With six factors and eight targets in two matches, the Sbornaya are nearly assured of a spot within the Spherical of 16.

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Six personal targets had been scored at France 1998, greater than at every other world finals. That mark is below menace at Russia 2018, the place 5 gamers have misplaced their sense of path in 17 video games and put by their very own internet, one thing that occurred twice in at this time’s three matches. The personal purpose tally at Brazil 2014 has already been equalled.

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