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#WC2018: Japan tied with Senegal 1-1 at halftime

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Group leaders Japan and Senegal are deadlocked at a goal apiece at halftime of their World Cup match in Yekaterinburg.

Takashi Inui evened the score when he curled the ball just inside the right post in the 34th minute.

Yuto Nagatomo took a deep pass in the box and tapped it to a cutting Inui, who controlled it with the outside of his foot, pulled it back and drove it hard into the corner past Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye.

Sadio Mane put Senegal up in the 11th when Japanese keeper Eiji Kawashima ill-advisedly tried to punch clear a low shot and it ricocheted off Mane.

The teams sit atop Group H with Poland and Colombia playing later Saturday.

No Asian team has ever won both of its opening games at the World Cup.

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