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Senegal vs Colombia
2018 FIFA World Cup, Group H
Senegal controlled the pace in the first half, starting off quickly before slowing down the game and controlling possession.
Colombia needed a win to progress to the Round of 16 but you wouldn’t know it from how they played.
They also suffered an early setback with key man James Rodriguez coming off injured.
Senegal were the better side in the first half but neither side looked dangerous moving forward, with some sloppy final balls ruining decent build-up plays.
The most eventful event of the first 45 minutes involved the VAR.
Sadio Mane was taken down in the box and the referee blow for the penalty right away.
However upon review the decision was overturned.
The first half ended goalless and Colombia had it all do in the second half.
And boy did they do it, via a great headed goal by Yerry Mina.
That goal, plus Japan conceding to Poland, meant that Senegal needed to score or else they would go out on fair play.
It was not to be and Senegal went from being in the drivers seat to being knocked out – and they were knocked out on fair play of all things.
Meanwhile, Colombia went on to top the group after a horrid start to their campaign.
Senegal and Colombia will be both fighting for a place in the Round of 16 when they meet in Samra. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 12am AEST.
Senegal need a draw or win to cement their place in the Round of 16 – while a loss could very well see them eliminated a lot doesn’t go their way in the Japan – Poland clash.
Senegal are the only African team left in the competition and are yet to close a game in their campaign.
They started off strong with a solid 2-1 win over Poland before throwing away two leads in a thrilling 2-all draw against top of the table Japan.
Sadio Mane is the key man for the Senegalese, however he’s failed to reach his full potential thus far.
He’s only scored once for his side so far.
Colombia’s World Cup campaign started off in disaster as they had a player sent off just three minutes into their campaign.
It led to a surprising 2-1 loss to Japan.
However, their competition picked up very quickly in their next game as they dominated Poland in a comprehensive 3-nil win.
A win for Colombia could see them finish top of the table but a draw may not be enough to see them in the Last 16 if Japan don’t lose to a struggling Polish side.
Both sides have everything to play for, but Colombia look spectacular going forward. If they can keep their discipline they should book a place in the Round of 16.
Senegal 0 – 2 Colombia
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