Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Colombia's Cuadrado warns of Senegal threat ahead of Group H finale

Colombia's Cuadrado warns of Senegal threat ahead of Group H finale

Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them out of the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record. Will the tactically adept Senegal that beat Poland appear, or will the free-wheeling but overexposed side that drew Japan show up against Colombia?

Colombia's Yerry Mina scored a game-winning goal in the 75th minute to put Colombia at the top of Group H, and the 1-0 result created a rare tiebreaker scenario that resulted in Senegal's elimination from the World Cup based on their yellow card total.

Senegal finished the group in third with four points same as Japan as they shared the same goal difference.

Senegal and Colombia have faced each other just once before, in a friendly in May 2014, with Colombia taking a 2-0 lead into half-time, only to concede two goals in the second half.

Colombia, who overcame the premature exit of injured James Rodriguez, will now play Group G's second-placed side - either England or Belgium - in Moscow on Tuesday, with Japan facing the winners of that group in Rostov-on-Don a day earlier. It means there is no African country in the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

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The South Americans had the first shot on target after Juan Quintero's free-kick earned them a corner.

News of Jan Bednarek's goal for Poland gave a lift to fans of both Colombia and Senegal as the tension levels in Samara continued to rise.

Mina rose highest in the box to power home his header pass Ndiaye in goal for Senegal. Colombia 2, Senegal 0.

After consulting VAR, Mazic judged defender Davinson Sanchez to have won the ball before making any contact with Sadio Mane.

Kalidou Koulibaly got a vital touch on a Luis Muriel drive to deflect the ball narrowly wide as Colombia threatened to turn the group on its head.

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