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Japan focus on winning not drawing against Poland, says captain Hasebe

Japan focus on winning not drawing against Poland, says captain Hasebe”

"We pressured them well at the start and they made some errors, which we exploited".

"We know that Japan is a good team, they're good at passing, they can put pressure (on the opponent), they're very disciplined", Cisse added. Smiles were plastered on their faces, and on the faces of the many soccer fans who caught the video on Twitter and relished in their joy.

But Japan stunned 10-man Colombia and Nishino revealed that some of his players had wanted to settle for a draw after 45 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1.

At a public viewing in Nabari, Mie Prefecture, the hometown of Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, Mamoru Ikegami, 81, said, "I was anxious how Japan could do against a physically strong Senegalese team, but our side outperformed Senegal".

"But I said that we could win and we will win so we went for victory and that is why I gave them attacking tactics and that is why we are top of the group", said Nishino.

"The last (few) days we have been working to see what is the best plan to go and find the best result", said Cuadrado, who scored in the 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday. "I'll be back in high gear on Tuesday", he said. Upset that we conceded two goals.

The fierce shot was too hot for Eiji Kawashima who punched it to Mane who from close range was at the right place and the right time to allow his body to do the work without the application of any more effort.

Japan looked on the verge of defeat in their second Group H match until veteran Keisuke Honda fired home the equaliser 12 minutes from time, sending supporters into a frenzy in the stadium and at sports bars across Tokyo. Colombia have three, while Poland are yet to pick up a point.

Senegal's last appearance in the World Cup came in 2002, when the team reached the quarterfinals.

"For the past several days, I have been telling my players to gain five centimetres and five kilograms but it failed, so we need other measures", he joked.

Their mood will be improved further if they can get the better of Japan and move on to six points.



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