World Cup 2018: Kouyate's Senegal held by Japan

Kouyate Senegal

Cheikhou Kouyate played the final 25 minutes for Senegal as they were held by Japan in a 2-2 draw in their second World Cup Group H fixture. 

Having beaten Poland 2-1 in their first match of the tournament, Senegal twice took the lead against Japan, with the first goal coming after 11 minutes courtesy of Liverpool's Sadio Mane. 

Takashi Inui would score Japan's first equaliser on 38 minutes, levelling the match at half-time, with West Ham's Kouyate entering the field on 65 minutes. 

The 28-year-old was used as a substitute in Senegal's first game as well, and just six minutes after his introduction, The Lions of Teranga went ahead once again. 

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Moussa Wague smashed home into the roof of the net to become the youngest African player to ever score at the World Cup, at 19 years and eigtht months old. 

However Senegal were unable to hold out for the three points as Kesuike Honda tied the game up again after 78 minutes. 

The result means Kouyate and his Senegal teammates have earned four points from their two World Cup group games so far, and a draw in their final match against Colombia on Thursday will be enough to take them through into the last 16 of the competition.