For Sadio Mane, it was a wasted opportunity. The Senegal striker scored the first goal in his team’s 2-2 draw with Japan at the World Cup, so there was something to celebrate. But that doesn’t mean he was satisfied with the result.

“Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed. And that’s normal because there was a way to win this match,” Mane said. “We started this game well. … We were dangerous, but in the end we scored and they equalized.”

The 26-year-old Liverpool winger, playing in his first World Cup, was named man of the match, largely because of his goal.

A charging Mane found himself in the right place at the right time in the 11th minute, deflecting a missed shot by Youssouf Sabaly past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to put Senegal ahead 1-0.

“There was a way for us to win the match and we didn’t do it,” Mane said. “We can’t underestimate the Japanese team that played very well. They managed to create quite a lot of opportunities and they scored twice. And now we have to admit it.”

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