Senegal also enjoyed the rub of the green when beating Poland, as the first goal came when defender Thiago Cionek deflected a wayward Idrissa Gueye shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
The second was the result of mix-up involving Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jan Bednarek and the cursed Szczesny, which left M’Baye Niang with an open goal.
However, they deserved a bit of luck as reward for a performance described as “disciplined, compact and aggressive” by manager Aliou Cisse.
Japan and Senegal registered unlikely wins over Colombia and Poland by similar 2-1 margin in their group opener and one of these sides could edge closer to knockout qualification on Sunday.
Win or Lose, both teams remains in round of 16 qualification until the final group game. However, the winner could qualify if Poland and Colombia plays out a stalemate.
The lone meeting between the two sides date back to a friendly in 2003, won by Japan 1-0.
With three points in their bag, the pressure is somewhat less and thus either sides can play some free flowing football, that both are capable of.
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