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Senegal coach: Japan were more deserving of victory 

Senegal twice led against Japan but were twice pegged pack as it finished 2-2.

Aliou Cisse has led Senegal to a strong start at the World Cup.
Aliou Cisse has led Senegal to a strong start at the World Cup. PA

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse rued his team's display after they drew 2-2 with Japan.

The West African's twice led in Russia only to be pegged back by a resolute Japan side.

A point apiece ensures the two sides will lead the group going into the final round of fixtures, but Cisse wasn't happy with his side's performance.

He said: "Of course we have regrets.

"We must acknowledge that we didn't see a great Senegalese performance tonight in comparison to the match against Poland.

"We were not very good frankly, and Japan were the better team, I have to admit that. But despite that fact, we led twice and what's annoying for me is the two goals we conceded.

"Japan played as expected; they are a very technical team with such good quality in that respect.

"We pressured them well at the start and they made some errors, which we exploited. But as soon as gave them some space, it became difficult for us. Now we have to hope for the best when we face Colombia. "

Japan coach Akira Nishino praised his team for remaining calm and showing the fight to come back from going behind twice.

He said: "It was a tough match, and we always knew it was going to be tough.

"We knew Senegal were not a team we could win easily against. But the team were calm after conceding goals and it was positive that we were able to equalise twice.

"We constructed attacks well and played in our own rhythm. The substitutions also worked well and I think I did very well with the timing of those.

"The players were very confident and positive, and I myself thought we could have gone for the victory. And we really wanted to win this match.

"But Senegal are a very strong team and I hope that this result will lead to more success in our next match."

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