Colombia advance to last 16, Senegal eliminated
- Mina header sends Colombia to top of group and into last 16
- Senegal eliminated on fair play rule, Japan advance despite 1-0 defeat by Poland
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Yerry Mina scored his second goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to see Colombia defeat Senegal 1-0 at Samara Arena and finish as Group H winners.
In the group’s other match, Poland edged Japan 1-0 meaning Senegal and the Blue Samurai finished level on four points, however the latter became the first team in history to advance to the World Cup knockout stage on the fair play rule.
The game was played evenly throughout, with few significant goalscoring chances of note. The decisive moment came when Los Cafeteros‘ towering centre-back Mina leapt above his markers to head in the winning goal in the second half.
Team reporter analysis
Cynthia Nzetia with Senegal [Follow: Twitter]
It’s in the crucial moments that big teams need to show up. Senegal undoubtedly have great individual players with skill, but the attack was not at it tonight, and failed to seize their opportunities. The Senegal team of 2018 will not repeat what the team of 2002 achieved by qualifying for the knockout round.
Alejandra Rueda with Colombia [Follow: Twitter]
Los Cafeteros found a compact team that did not give any space to Colombia to play their game. A set piece was the key to penetrating a solid defence like Senegal’s. David Ospina was important and helped keep a clean sheet and secure the victory. This is the third time Colombia have qualified for the Round of 16.
Budweiser Man of the Match
He showed up when it mattered and Yerry Mina was awarded the Man of the Match for his match-winning header that sent Colombia to the knockout stages. It was his second goal of the campaign and he became the third defender at Russia 2018 to score two goals after John Stones and Andreas Granqvist.
0 – There will be no teams from Africa in the Round of 16 for the first time since the stage was introduced in 1986.
Colombia v Runner-up Group G — Round of 16, 3 July, Moscow, Spartak Stadium
Winner Group G v Japan — Round of 16, 2 July, Rostov-On-Don, Rostov Arena
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