World cup: Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Senegal ELIMINATED as they have less fair play points than Japan!: Senegal are dramatically eliminated from World Cup on fair play after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Colombia. Japan, who lose 1-0 to Poland, have a better fair play record than Senegal and thus progress to last 16.

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

12′ CHANCE! Quintero’s free kick saved

Quintero whips a free-kick from 20 yards or so low to the goalkeeper’s side, but N’Diaye gets down well to make the save, tipping it round the post!

18′ Mane fell to the ground but VAR denies him a penalty

Mane gets in behind after a brilliant passing move by Senegal, but Davinson Sanchez slides in and brings him down inside the box!

The referee initially gives the penalty, but goes to check with VAR.

Following the VAR check, it’s clear that the centre-half won the ball, and the referee has reversed his penalty decision!

24′ CHANCE! Falcao’s header wide out

Quintero lofts a wonderful ball into the box from a free-kick, but Falcao, having evaded his marker and found space, somehow heads over the top of the crossbar!

30′ SUB! James replaced by Muriel

James looks incredibly dejected as he trudges off the pitch and heads straight down the tunnel.

His injury must be hindering him, and the Golden Boot winner of the 2014 World Cup departs his country’s crunch fixture. Muriel comes on.

65′ CHANCE! Muriel’s shot blocked

Colombia win a free-kick of their own on the right flank and the delivery causes all sorts of problems in the box, before deflecting out to Muriel, whose powerful low drive is deflected wide of the target by Koulibaly! That looked to be sneaking in!

67′ Fierce tackle from Senegal goalkeeper N’Diaye

Muriel tries to dart into the box as he chases a bouncing ball, but N’Diaye comes flying off his line and makes a superb tackle to clear the danger!

That was a quality sliding challenge from the goalkeeper there!

74′ GOAL! Senegal 0-1 Colombia (Mina)

Mina attacks the resulting corner with real power and heads it into the ground and back up into the net, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it!

As things stand, Senegal are going home on fair play! Suddenly they need a goal!

76′ WAHT A CHANCE! Niang’s shot saved

Mane slips Niang through down the right side of the box and he lashes an effort at goal that Ospina stops well, tipping the strike over the bar!

Match Report

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.

Both teams were on track to move into the knockout stages with 16 minutes remaining in Thursday’s clash at the Samara Arena, due to Japan trailing 1-0 to Poland in Volgograd.

But Mina – also on target in Colombia’s win over Poland last time out – proved the matchwinner for his side with a superb late header that was celebrated in style with a choreographed team dance.

Japan qualify in second place from Group H despite losing to already eliminated Poland. Senegal exit having received six yellow cards to Japan’s four.

Senegal had a first-half penalty ruled out following a VAR review, while Colombia’s key man James Rodriguez was substituted before the break and could be a doubt for the knockout rounds.

Group G’s top two England and Belgium await Colombia and Japan in the last 16, with Senegal unfortunate to be knocked out by the slimmest of margins.

Line-ups

Senegal XI: K. Ndiaye (GK), Koulibaly, Sabaly, Gassama, Gueye, Sane, Kouyate (C), Mane, Sarr, Niang, Keita Balde.

Subs: Diallo (GK), Gomis (GK), Mbengue, Mbodji, Sow, Diouf, Ndoye, A. N’Diaye, Konate, Sakho, P. A. Ndiaye, Wague.

Colombia XI: Ospina (GK), Arias, Mina, Mojica, D. Sanchez, C. Sanchez, Rodriguez, J. Cuadrado, Uribe, Quintero, Falcao (C).

Subs: Vargas (GK), J. F. Cuadrado (GK), Zapata, Murillo, Barrios, Bacca, Aguilar, Muriel, Lerma, Diaz, Borja, Izquierdo.

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