Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage

Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage

Colombia's 1-0 win saw them top the group but Japan and Senegal had the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded (all four), while they had drawn 2-2 in their matchday two meeting.

Juan Cuadrado believes that Senegal will provide stern opposition for Colombia in their final World Cup Group H game on Thursday. Should Senegal lose and Japan are thrashed that would also open the way for an African representative in the last 16 to join the the 10 from Europe.

Colombia and Japan go on to play opponents from Group G - either England or Belgium, who play later Thursday.

But Yerry Mina's late goal gave the South Americans victory and left Senegal and Japan level on points, goal difference and head-to-head.

But Colombia's hopes appeared diminished when Rodriguez was replace by Luis Muriel because of an apparent injury in the 31st minute against Senegal. Colombia desperately need that version of the Bayern Munich man to have any chance in the knockout stages.

However, after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez was deemed to have touched the ball and the decision was reversed.




Upon learning of the goal in Volgograd, Colombia adopted a more defensive approach and were content to try to pinch a goal from a set piece, with Radamel Falcao squandering a decent chance on 66 minutes when he headed wide after running across his marker. Japan, content with a 1-0 defeat to Poland in the simultaneous match, was stalling because it would advance if the scores remained the same. From the resultant corner, Ospina had to dive on the ball ahead of Mane after Mina's attempted clearance had deflected back towards goal.

Carlos Sanchez returned to Los Cafeteros after sitting a one-match suspension of a red card just three minutes into the opener.

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

It's a tough blow for Senegal, who started the tournament well with a win against Poland.

This is the first time since 1982 that no African teams have advanced from the first round.

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