YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 24:  Keisuke Honda of Japan celebrates with teammate Maya Yoshida after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

3 Things We Learned as Japan & Senegal Share Points in Thrilling World Cup Encounter

Japan and Senegal were forced to share the points in just the fifth draw of the World Cup this summer, with Keisuke Honda striking late to ensure both sides remained unbeaten in Russia after matchday two.


The pressure is now on Colombia and Poland who play in the late kick off on Sunday to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the competition alive, but both Japan and Senegal have the upper hand heading into the final game in Group H.


Here's a few things we learned at the Ekaterinburg Arena.

3. Hard Work is Japan's Biggest Threat

Japan have a squad that is lacking star quality across the board, although Takashi Inui and Shinji Kagawa do help bring a certain x-factor to their side.


But undoubtably the Blue Samurai's biggest threat is their tenacious attitude on the pitch. Against Senegal they were chasing down lost causes, fighting for every second ball and they 

ran themselves into the ground.

2. The Old Guard Still Have Something to Offer

Japan star Keisuke Honda might have had to make his impact off the bench at the World Cup this summer, but the 32-year-old showed there is still magic in his trusty left foot by changing the game when he was brought on.


Honda is the Blue Samurai's record goalscorer at the World Cup finals, and his goal on Sunday has the former AC Milan star as the first Japanese player to ever score at three separate tournaments.

1. Senegal Could Become the New Belgium

The one biggest takeaway from Senegal's opening two matches at the World Cup is that they have the makings of a very competitive side.


Star names like Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly and M'Baye Niang are the standout players for Aliou Cissé's side, but a number of young players have announced themselves at the tournament that could spell somewhat of a 'golden generation' for Senegal.


Ismaïla Sarr, Moussa Wagué and Youssouf Sabaly have broken onto the world stage while the Lions of Teranga also had the likes of Keita Baldé Diao and Pape Moussa Konate as unused substitutes against Japan.