World Cup Group H match report Senegal v Colombia 28 June 2018

World Cup Group H match report Senegal v Colombia 28 June 2018

World Cup Group H match report Senegal v Colombia 28 June 2018

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 topped Group H thanks to Yerry Mina's header in a 1-0 win over Senegal that sent the African side out of the World Cup by virtue of their fair play record - the first nation to exit the tournament by the method.

Colombia enters the game in third place in Group H, and must win in order to progress to the Round of 16, but a draw leaves the South Americans at the mercy of the Poland vs. Japan result.

Colombia will face the runner-up of Group G, which will be either England or Belgium.

Defeat for Senegal eliminated them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a representative in the knockout stages.

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.

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Today Badou and Idrissa Gueye need to be far more diligent in their shielding and harrying work and Mane has to make better runs beyond the centre-forward, particularly if they go for a 4-3-3.

An open start had seen deliveries at either end wasted but Senegal's Khadim Ndiaye was the first goalkeeper worked when Juan Quintero's 13th-minute free-kick needed pushing round the post. However, after consultation with the video assistant referee, Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez was deemed to have touched the ball and the decision was reversed.

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

Chances throughout the game were thin on the ground, with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao heading off target in the 25th minute and again in the second half, while substitute Luis Muriel had an effort blocked. Colombia desperately need that version of the Bayern Munich man to have any chance in the knockout stages.

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

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