Colombia win, Senegal out on fair play rule

It’s all over! More drama in Russia as Colombia’s victory means they top Group H.

It’s come right down to the wire for Senegal, who crashed out at the group stage because their disciplinary record is worse than Japan’s.

It all means Japan qualify for the last 16 and finish second in the group.



  • Colombia have progressed past the World Cup group stages for only the third time, also doing so in 1990 and 2014.
  • Senegal have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven World Cup games, since beating France 1-0 in their first ever match in the tournament.
  • Colombia’s goal came from the first shot on target in the second half, and their only shot on target in the entire second period.
  • Senegal became the third team to be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup despite winning their opening game of the tournament (also Iran and Serbia). The last time as many as three teams failed to get through the group stages despite winning their opener was in 2002 (Argentina, Costa Rica and Russia).
  • Colombia are the only team to reach the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup despite losing their opening match of the tournament.
  • Four of Colombia’s last six World Cup goals have come from set-piece situations.
  • Colombia had just four shots in this match, with no player having more than one.
  • Four of Yerry Mina’s five goals for Colombia have been headers.
  • Juan Quintero has been involved in three of Colombia’s five World Cup goals in 2018 (1 goal, 2 assists).
  • Colombia’s Juan Quintero has either scored (1) or assisted (2) a goal in each of his three World Cup games so far in 2018.


  • Japan need a draw against Poland to qualify
  • Japan can lose and still qualify if Senegal beat Colombia
  • Senegal need a draw against Colombia to qualify
  • Colombia will advance if they beat Senegal
  • Colombia can qualify with a draw if Poland beat Japan

Colombia go top of the group!

Japan have now moved back into the qualifying position – in second – while Senegal drop out.

They MUST find an equaliser otherwise they’re going home…*

*Unless Japan get two yellow cards or a red card*


Senegal coach Aliou Cisse‘s key change for their final group game is the inclusion of Monaco striker Keita Balde, who starts up front, making his World Cup debut alongside Mbaye Niang.

Kouyate and Gassama also come in for N’Diaye and Wague.


Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has kept faith with the attacking front line that thumped Poland 3-0 last time out.

Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez are paired together again, whileCarlos Sanchez returns after his one-match suspension alongside Mateus Uribe to replace Abel Aguilar and Wilmar Barrios, who drops to the bench.


James Rodriguez has been involved in 10 goals in seven World Cup appearances for Colombia (6 goals, 4 assists).

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