Senegal will make Africa proud!

Senegal Coach's Fist Pumping Celebration Meme Is a Real World Cup Highlight

Qualification for the second phase remains in Senegal's hands: if they beat Colombia in their final group game on Thursday, they will be guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds.

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse made a decision to put three up front for the match at Ekaterinburg Arena, his team's first against an Asian opponent at a World Cup.

Clearly, Africa doesn't have a history of doing well in the opening matches of the World Cup and the events in Russian Federation, where only Senegal won their match, are not out of the ordinary. However, The Samba Boys have never had a black manager at the World Cup!

Yekaterinburg: Senegal face Japan on Sunday at the World Cup fired up by an "ignorant" tweet by a British tycoon and reality television star that has become the talk of the team.

A win for England would see them head into a final group game against Belgium to determine who finishes top.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse placed the blame on his teams' defence for letting Japan equalise twice and said he expected more from Kalidou Koulibaly and Salif Sane.

"Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed", Mane said.

It appeared to pay off when the unfancied Asians stunned 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opener, and on 34 minutes they were level with Senegal when Takashi Inui bent the ball wonderfully into the bottom corner.

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The eighth-ranked Poles are desperate for a result in the Group H clash in Kazan on Sunday, having given up two goals from bad defensive errors to lose 2-1 to the African side. Senegal advances with a draw or win, but if it loses it will need Japan to lose by more.

Senegal produced an impressive all-round display to see of Poland in their opening match and will be confident of adding a second win against their rivals from Asia this evening.

"We'll do what we can to break those strong and fast Senegal players".

"It's quite possible and probable that we might change a couple of players. Today we're forced to win and we have to do everything we can to win". "If we have to defend, and that means then we're going to win, then we defend".

Two hours after Japanese coach Akira Nishino said he was ready to mark Mane with up to three players, the Liverpool forward laughingly shrugged off the attention. The South Americans pounded Poland, 3-0, on Sunday to stave off elimination and earn a chance to move on the final matchday.

"They've been great. I want them to keep playing hard", Shintaro Sakamichi, a 23-year-old civil servant, said above the raucous cheers at the M-Spo pub in Shibuya, where some people brought drums, horns and giant flags to recreate a stadium feel.

That victory ensured that Africa, the second most populated continent in the world with a number of high-profile footballers who have been knocking on the door of greatness in recent years, would not suffer the embarrassment of having all its five representatives losing their opening matches in Russian Federation.

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