Yerry Mina’s second-half header sent Colombia into a potential last-16 tie with England at the World Cup to the detriment of Senegal, who missed out to Japan having gotten more yellow cards.
Senegal spent the last 20 minutes pushing for an equalizer which would have sent the African side through – Aliou Cisse’s side were level with Japan as far as focuses and goal contrast, however essentially not yellow cards.
Colombia needed to win to make sure of their advance however, with Poland beating Japan 1-0 in Volgograd, African portrayal at the World Cup was finished as Senegal neglected to anchor the point they required.
The South Americans will confront the sprinters up from Group G, which will be either England or Belgium, in Moscow on Tuesday, while Japan anticipate the champs in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.
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Senegal thought they had been granted a sixteenth moment penalty after a handle by Davinson Sanchez on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, yet the choice was effectively upset by Champions League last official Milorad Mazic, with VAR demonstrating the Tottenham safeguard plainly contacted the ball with what was a dangerous test.
Previous England, mid fielder Danny Murphy, talking on BBC One, called the handle “the best of the competition”.
Colombia’s odds were managing a blow soon after the half-hour check as James Rodriguez was constrained off because of damage – having missed the main game with a calf issue – four years to the day since his dazzling volley against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.
Be that as it may, with Barcelona protector Mina’s second continuous goal from Juan Quintero’s corner, sending Colombia through as gathering champs, Senegal passed up a major opportunity having gotten two yellow cards more than Japan.
Senegal were the better side in the first half against a dreary Colombia in spite of having only 43% ownership, yet Cisse’s side neglected to discover a leap forward from their two shots on target.
They were constrained onto the back foot more after the break as Colombia enhanced – and ought to have improved the situation while protecting the corner from which Mina scored from.
Senegal enhanced in the wake of yielding, maybe likewise knowing Poland had led the pack against Japan and detecting the onus was back on them to score.
Be that as it may, regardless of a lot of style and exertion, Senegal were not able discover a path past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, and a couple of yellow cards in the 90th and 91st moment of their 2-2 draw with Japan for Cheikh N’Doye and Youssouf Sabaly reflectively demonstrated critical.
Niang was additionally reserved against Colombia, taking their aggregate to six yellow cards in three games contrasted with Japan’s four, as Senegal turned into the main group to be killed by means of the reasonable play govern which was presented for this competition.
The Poland-Japan coordinate completed in absurd mold, with the two sides upbeat to play the ball around at the back for a great part of the last quarter.
That provoked previous England skipper Terry Butcher to state on BBC Radio 5 live it “leaves an unpleasant taste” and that a “glorious World Cup has been spoiled”.
BBC football master Mark Lawrenson, talking on BBC Two, called the circumstance a “joke”, while additionally addressing if “there must be a superior method for settling a table in the World Cup”.
It implies out of the blue since the presentation of the round of 16 of every 1986, there will be no African group show in the knockout phase of the World Cup.
Colombia neglected to enlist a touch in the Senegal penalty territory in the whole first half, with Jose Pekerman’s sides just redressing that measurement in the 57th moment through substitute Luis Muriel, who had supplanted the harmed Rodriguez soon after the half-hour stamp.
Rodriguez had to a great extent been incapable in his 31 minutes on the pitch for Colombia, in spite of the fact that that was the situation for the greater part of his colleagues in the opening 45 minutes regardless of knowing just a win would ensure their advance.
Colombia, who started the last day in third place in the table in the wake of losing to Japan and beating Poland with an altogether enhanced execution, could likewise qualify with a draw if Japan lost because of their better goal contrast.
The Pekerman’s side did just have four contacts inside the Senegal punishment territory in the second 45 minutes, albeit one was the key intercession of Mina.
Colombia had 60% of the ownership amid the match, however worryingly for Pekerman, Mina’s header was one of just two shots on focus over the hour and a half, with striker Radamel Falcao generally ineffectual.
Senegal acknowledge the ‘rules of the game’ – what they said
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse:
“It’s the law of football. We didn’t qualify because we’ve earned more yellow cards, but I’m proud of my lads, they’ve worked hard for this tournament and I think we’ve showed we can have a bright future.
“The rules have been established by Fifa and we have to respect it, even though we would have liked to have been eliminated another way.
“I think the players knew all about it. I’m not going to ask my players to go on the pitch and try to avoid being issued yellow cards. Football is a contact game.”
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