Japan head coach Akira Nishino believes his players should take confidence from their 2-2 draw with Senegal, though he would have liked his side to have taken all three points from the game.
Japan went behind twice during the match but where able to always to find a way back into the game with goals from Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda
Speaking in his post-match press conference (via ESPN), Nishino said: “It was a tough match, and we always knew it was going to be tough,” he said.
“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.”