Six minutes later, Senegal re-took the lead when a low left-wing cross from Sabaly was met at the back post by Moussa Wague, with the 19-year-old firing the ball into the roof of the net from six-yards out, 2-1.
Japan and Senegal face off against each other on Sunday knowing that the victor of this match will all but ensure qualification to the next round of the World Cup.
"Of course, it is very important to neutralise Mane and [Hiroki] Sakai did a pretty good job neutralising him and dulling his threat", Nishino told a news conference.
"It is very important to neutralise Mane but we did a pretty good job in dulling his threat, but what we were more anxious about was the impact he has on other Senegal players".
Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to claim Queen's Club title
The 23-year-old was busted Saturday on live TV in his 7-6, 7-6 semifinal loss to Marin Cilic at the Wimbledon warmup event. Cilic booked his place in a second successive Queen's Club final by edging Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).
The Senegal striker scored the first goal in his team's 2-2 draw with Japan on Sunday at the World Cup, so there was something to celebrate.
Senegal, their second opponent, are tied atop Group H with Japan.
While he is known for his quiet outward demeanor, the man of the match in Japan's win over the 10-man Colombians in Saransk has a powerful presence within the Samurai Blue squad, according to his teammates.
"They were avoidable goals, that's clear", Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said in a blunt assessment of his defence. The change from the 4-4-2 he played against Poland showed his attacking intent and his team quickly repaid him.
"Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed", Mane said. The group is still open at the moment but one thing you can not discount after witnessing the evidence in this match is Japan's strength of character.
"We have a decisive game coming up", Mane said. Surprisingly, Senegal has never lost a group game at the World Cup and will be looking to keep that record intact against Japan. Senegal started off their World Cup campaign with a convincing 2-1 victory over the higher ranked Poland side containing the likes Robert Lewandoski.