England vs Panama @ 15:00hrs
Japan vs Senegal @18:00hrs
Polland vs Colombia @21:00hrs
This evening Senegal vs Japan encounter is another thriller the Africans are waiting for.
The Japanese national team also known as the Samurai Blue will be tussling with the Lions of Teranga from Senegal.
The game kicks off at Russia’s Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg, also known as Ekaterinburg Arena.
The winner will reach six points and take a huge step towards qualifying for the knockout stages.
It should be remembered that these two teams are as powerful as ever and are so far the biggest surprise to have come to this World Cup edition.
Senegal did the unthinkable by thumping Europe’s elite Poland team while Japan stubbornly soldiered on to thrash South America’s Colombia- this was unbelievable in World Cup soccer.
On Tuesday, Japan beat Colombia 2-1 securing the team’s first victory against a South American side.
At the start of this week, Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in a Group H match at the Spartak stadium, Moscow and became the first African team to win a game at FIFA World Cup 2018.
Today, these two teams are meeting and that’s why fans of both sides will keep their fingers crossed because anything can happen. Both teams are tactical, fast forward and have strong and quick strikers.
Senegals encounter with Japan is seen as one between Senegal’s physicality and Japan’s tactical nous.
“They know how to put pressure on players who have the ball so you have to be strong. We also have individuals with higher than average technical qualities and we’ll prove it,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse.
Cisse has asked his team to emulate the achievements of their celebrated 2002 predecessors, a team he described as “beautiful”.
“We want to do at least as well as the 2002 generation… That was a beautiful generation and this is too. It’s only by winning matches that we can do better than them,” Cisse said.
Senegal is followed up with a 2-1 victory over No. 8-ranked Poland to become the first African team to win in the 2018 edition after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all opened with losses.
However, in this World Cup tournament, Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites.
Japan and Senegal have joined the likes of Mexico, which upset Germany, and Iceland, which held Argentina to a 1-1 draw.
Both Samurai Blue fans and the Senegal die-hard fans have a habit of cleaning up the stadium after every game. They comb through the seats collecting bottles or some kind of food package littered during the game and leave their section clean.