Senegal vs. Colombia - Football Match Preview

Marcus Newton
June 28, 2018

It was the first time in World Cup history that two teams had been separated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.

Colombia sealed passage into the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup while condemning Senegal to elimination following a 1-0 win on Thursday evening.

Japan and Senegal head the group on four points each with Colombia one behind after rebounding with a 3-0 thumping of the now-eliminated Poland in Kazan on Sunday.

Colombia will face the runners-up of Group G, either England or Belgium, who face off later on Thursday and whose ranking will also be decided via fair play should they draw.

Poland can't progress to the last-16 with the no 1 seed in the group having lost their first two games of the competition.

Senegal's forward Ismaila Sarr (L) vies for the ball with Colombia's defender Johan Mojica during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Senegal and Colombia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 28, 2018.

The first flashpoint came soon after when Sanchez stretched in the box to thwart Mane, referee Milorad Mazic pointing to the spot but then overturning the decision when replays revealed a fine recovery tackle.

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Kane hit a hat-trick, two from the spot and one deflected in, with Jesse Lingard and a John Stones double completing the rout. The margin of victory for England surpassed 3-0 wins over Poland and Paraguay in Mexico in 1986, and against Denmark in 2002.

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Now Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez's squads will meet on Thursday to determine who wins the group. Colombia's highest goalscorer said after the game against Japan that "I$3 t's them or us".

Sanchez thwarted Senegal's star man again on 26 minutes after Mane had skilfully turned away from Mina.

But Yerry Mina's late goal gave the South Americans victory and left Senegal and Japan level on points, goal difference and head-to-head.

The Colombians were forced into an early change and brought on Luis Muriel for James Rodriguez on 30 minutes.

From their next corner, Barcelona defender Mina towered above the Senegalese defence and headed through N'Diaye for his second goal in as many matches.

Colombia had it all to do to book a spot in the last 16, with Senegal only needing a point to advance.

Colombia's football association has said the players who faced Poland focused on "regenerative" work on Monday.

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