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Mane needs to improve, says Senegal coach after Japan World Cup draw
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YEKATERINBURG, June 25 — Senegal coach Aliou Cisse told star man Sadio Mane to step up at the World Cup even though the Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Japan yesterday. Substitute Keisuke Honda equalised with 12 minutes left as Japan twice pegged back Senegal in a captivating mansion88 stalemate at Yekaterinburg Arena that leaves Group H wide open.

As it stands, Japan and Senegal have the advantage, with four points after two games. Mane was the beneficiary of poor defending on 11 minutes when goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a mess of a shot, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star. It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal.

But Japan were successful in keeping the 26-year-old more m88 live or less quiet after that and Cisse admitted that the Asian side deserved to win, even if they were twice behind. “Of course we have regrets but we did not see a great Senegal team tonight compared to the previous match against Poland (a 2-1 victory),” Cisse said, adding that “frankly, we were not very good.”

“Despite that we were leading twice and what is annoying were the two goals (conceded). But group matches are played over three stages so we will hope for the best for the game against Colombia.” Cisse, Senegal skipper in the country's run to the quarter-finals in 2002, hopes that Mane can be the difference, on what promises to be a nerve-wracking final round of matches on Thursday.

“A player like Sadio Mane is a player with a lot of expectations and he is one of the players under the spotlight. “He can do better, but today he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against m88 poker Colombia.” Mane, fresh off the back of an exciting club season that took Liverpool to the Champions League final, felt the Africans deserved to win.

“Honestly we are all disappointed, there was a way to win and we did not do it,” said Mane, who was only a sporadic danger down Senegal's left. A win for either side would have more or less put them in the knockout rounds in a clash billed as the pace and power of Senegal against the tactical and technical nous of Japan, who took a gamble and replaced Vahid Halilhodzic with Akira Nishino as coach just weeks before the World Cup.
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