SAMARA Russia (Xinhua) --
As the decisive group game between Colombia and
Senegal impends, Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman conveyed
optimism and hope for a victory on Wednesday here at Samara
“This game is
decisive, it defines who progresses to the next round, the
result will determine what happens with the teams,” Pekerman
told reporters at the pre-match press conference. “We came for
more. It wouldn’t be a good result if we were eliminated.”
On the result of the
match, the Argentine said his team will do everything to stay at
the World Cup.
Following a 1-2 loss
to Japan and a 3-0 win over Poland, Colombia needs a victory in
Thursday’s match against Senegal to progress to the knockout
stage while a draw is enough for the African country to secure a
spot in the last 16.
“The game will be
very intense, very competitive,” Pekerman said. “I hope we can
leave with a victory.”
Senegal coach Cisse vows to
beat Colombia to reach World Cup last 16
SAMARA Russia (Xinhua) --
Although a draw is enough to secure a spot in
round of 16 at the World Cup, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on
Wednesday promised to beat Colombia in their last Group G match.
In response to the
question of whether he will play Colombia to get a draw, Cisse
told reporters at Samara Arena that his team wouldn’t do any
calculation for Thursday’s match.
“Tomorrow we enter
the field with clear instruction to play and to win,” said Cisse.
Following a 2-1
victory against Poland and a 2-2 draw with Japan, at least one
point is needed for the Teranga Lions to advance to the knockout
“We know it’s a
tough game ahead of us,” said Cisse, adding that Colombia is a
team that can launch fast attacks.
“They can cause us
problems. They have players like James Rodriguez and Radamel
Falcao,” the 42-year-old coach warned.
Cisse also mentioned
that the style of the two teams has a resemblance. “Colombia and
Senegal are practically the same styles of play. Colombia relies
heavily on the physical impact and we also have players who can
do the same thing.”
Cisse urged his men
to stay focused during Thursday’s match.
will be important. We must redouble our vigilance,” he said.
aims to keep it tight when Portugal meet Uruguay in last 16
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Portugal defender Cedric Soares says his side
will continue to be pragmatic when they face Uruguay in the last
16 of the World Cup finals on Saturday.
Iran’s late penalty
which secured a 1-1 draw in Portugal’s last Group B match saw
the Portuguese be knocked off top spot by Spain and they now
face a tough tie in Sochi against Group A winners, Uruguay. The
South Americans’ 3-0 win against Russia means they have
progressed to the next round by scoring five goals and conceding
Portugal have not
impressed thus far, but just like Uruguay the reigning European
champions have made a virtue of their solid defense and Soares
isn’t about to start changing their style of play now.
“The most important
thing is to win and that is our aim in every game,” he said in a
press event on Wednesday. Despite all the talk of Cristiano
Ronaldo, Portugal’s triumph in France two years ago was based on
a defense which conceded just four goals in six matches, three
of which came in a group game against Hungary, with just one in
the knockout stages.
“Every team has its
own strategy and we have ours. No matter if the game is
spectacular or not, our number one goal for now is to beat
Uruguay,” said Soares, who was not worried about the late
penalty decision where he was harshly adjudged to have committed
“The World Cup is
tough and our goal was to get to the knockouts, which we have
done,” he explained. “The next game is going to be difficult but
we are European champions and have proved our quality in the
past,” the defender said. Soares is also not intimidated by the
fact that Uruguay are unbeaten in 2018.
“We know they
haven’t lost and we know their players very well; they are a
strong team,” he concluded.