World Cup Africa showing few signs of breakthrough

World Cup Africa showing few signs of breakthrough

It was a match which had plenty of talking points - a first red card of the World Cup, a penalty, a clever freekick and a historic first win for Japan over Colombia as the Blue Samurai beat the South American team 2-1 in their opening World Cup match.

But Japan made the flawless start to their World Cup campaign, becoming the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup and earning three points in what is expected to be one of the most closely-contested groups in the tournament, with Poland and Senegal the other two nations in Group H.

Russia's victory was predicted by the "psychic" cat Achilles, who also predicted Russia's win in the World Cup opening game. He is the youngest manager in the dugout at this year's edition, and the only black coach on the tournament's sidelines.

"Africa is full of quality and we're on the way", said Cisse. "I think that football is a universal sport and that the colour of your skin is of very little importance".

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Day six of the World Cup threw up plenty of highlights. "We fully trust our football, we have no hang-ups", Cisse added.

The weird, but generous, gesture is reportedly part of Japanese culture and came after Japan got their World Cup campaign off to a ideal start on Tuesday.

The two sides in question actually meet at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg on Sunday in a crucial Group H showdown, and those typically tasked with getting the stadium in shape for the next game may have an easier afternoon than usual.

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring a very sad Salah, the high-powered hosts are heading to the last 16 and English pundits are up for a scrap.

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