Senegal’s star man has been kept quiet since scoring the game’s opening goal. But Japan will know that he explode into life again at any moment and are keeping a close watch.
Senegal have found little cohesion in attack during the opening period of the second half, which is very different to the start of the match. The Japanese defense are pressing high and recovering possession quickly.
Too many holes in defence of Senegal and too much turnover of the ball has left Japan on top. Senegal have been unable to find a solution in this second period.
Having never scored a competitive goal for Japan before today, Inui comes within a whisker of a second – curling a superb right-foot shot off the face of the crossbar.
A bloody nose for Makoto Hasebe but the Japan captain is soon back to the pitch, organising his team-mates and pulling the strings in midfield.
Senegal are back in front! It’s a fine finish from 19-year-old Wague, who rifles into the roof of the net from an acute angle for his first senior international goal. Credit too must go to Youssouf Sabaly for some excellent set-up play on the left.
Japan level once again! This time Inui goes from scorer to provider, teeing up supersub Honda for a simple close-range finish after Senegal keeper Khadim Ndiaye had flapped at a cross, leaving himself stranded.