Japan tied 2-2 with Senegal - both are now joint group leaders
Twitter users have expressed their amazement at Japan’s incredible World Cup offside trap against Senegal.
Japan’s 2-2 draw with Senegal was a nail-biting match for both sides. With four points each, both are holding joint first positions at the top of their group and are one game away from the knockout stage.
Sadio Mane initially put Senegal ahead after a mistake by Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Takashi Iuni curled the ball into the Senegalese net just before half time but Moussa Wague edged Senegal into the lead again on the 71st minute.
Substitute Keisuke Honda responded by quickly making the game level only 7 minutes later.
However, the scoreline was not the biggest talking point of the match. Although it did not lead to a goal, Japan’s brilliant offside play caught viewers around the world, as well as Senegal, completely off guard.
Some regarded the play as the “best off-side trap in history” after Japan managed to trap six Senegalese players offside.
“Isn’t that the best offside trap ever??” One Twitter user wrote. “Congrats Japan y’all just set the bar in offside traps.
“Japan pulled off the best-executed offside trap in history,” tweeted another.
“Oh my god, Japan’s set-piece offside trap is on another level man,” said another.
One user commended the Japanese coach, “Best offside trap EVER!🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️ Big up to Japan Coach”
— Ann Odong 🐨 (@AnnOdong) June 24, 2018
Oh my god, Japan’s set-piece offside trap is on another level man
— Fadhlan Hafizh P (@fadhlanhap) June 24, 2018
— 3wuor (@3wuor) June 24, 2018
Japan pulled off the best-executed offside trap in history. pic.twitter.com/LLeF3EdjBf
— Mark Mravic (@MarkMravic) June 24, 2018
— Nasir (@nasirkenya) June 24, 2018
— diemanschaft (@Reindopree) June 24, 2018
— Ðιpanĸ 🇵🇹★🇩🇪 (@Dipanck) June 24, 2018
— Brent Frankish (@brentfrankish18) June 24, 2018
— Sam Lopresti (@SamLCalcio) June 24, 2018