SAMARA Russia (Xinhua) --
A 1-0 victory on Thursday ensured Colombia to
advance to World Cup knockout stage as Group H winners while
Senegal were sent packing on fair play rule.
With a lone goal
from defender Yerry Mina in the second half at the Samara Arena,
the South American country secured a spot in the last 16.
Senegal earned four
points, leveling with Japan who lost 1-0 to Poland in the other
group match. The result left Senegal eliminated because they
received more yellow cards than Japan. The Teranga Lions became
the first team that were knocked out by the fair play rule at
the World Cup.
Colombia coach Jose
Nestor Pekerman thought that the results reflected that Group H
was “a very even group” and Senegal “had a very good tournament
but went home”.
Colombia played a
4-2-3-1 formation in Thursday’s match and both sides did not
create good chances in the first 10 minutes.
Colombia forward, won a free kick in the 11th minute
but Juan Quintero’s shot was saved by the Senegal goalkeeper.
In the 17th
minute, Sadio Mane was brought down by Colombia defender
Davinson Sanchez inside the box and Senegal were awarded a
penalty. Following the VAR check, the referee reversed his
decision and cancelled the penalty.
Colombia side made a
replacement in the 30th minute, as James Rodriguez
was forced off by injury. The Bayern Munich star made no
attempts at the goal and only 10 passes.
During the last 15
minutes of the first half, Senegal launched fierce attacks and
wasted a few chances.
Pekerman noted after
the match that “there were some very worrying moments in the
first half when Senegal played very well”, but the coach said
Colombia “managed to defend successfully”.
Paces picked up in
the second half, as Colombians emerged from the break with more
attacking intents and broke the deadlock in the 74th
minute with Mina’s goal.
Assisted by Juan
Quintero with a cross following a corner, Mina made a header
from the center of the box and scored.
continuous attacks during the rest time of the match, they
failed to level the score until the end.
Senegal coach Aliou
Cisse told reporters that his team “did not deserve to qualify”
based on their performance.
Regarding the way of
elimination, Cisse said they had no choice but accepted it.
“Fair Play points
are one of the rules and these rules have been established in
the tournament regulations. We have to respect that. We would
have preferred to be eliminated in another way but that’s the
way it works and we knew that those were the regulations,” he
“I will continue to
encourage them and to be with them because I think we can expect
many more good things from them in the future,” he added.
elimination, there will be no African team in the round of 16.
showed that Colombia made 4 attempts at the goal throughout the
match, while Senegal made 8. Ball possession was 57 percent for
Colombia and 43 percent for Senegal.
In the last 16,
Colombia will face England or Belgium on July 3.
A total of 41,970
spectators attended Thursday’s match at the 45,000-seat Samara
Arena, among which Colombia fans outnumbered Senegal supporters
by a large margin.
president celebrates securing last 16 spot at World Cup
BOGOTA Colombia (Xinhua) --
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
passionately celebrated his country’s 1-0 victory over Senegal
on Thursday, which ensured Los Cafeteros’ safe passage into the
knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
A video showing the
president’s euphoric reaction to Yerry Mina’s 74th
minute goal was shared widely on social media.
watched the game with his son, Esteban, and military forces
commander, Alberto Mejia, alongside over 500 soldiers at a
military base in Tolemaida.
Speaking ahead of
Thursday’s game between England and Belgium, which Belgium later
went on to win, the president said, “We’re ready for our next
opponents. We finished first and we’re proud. We’re going to see
who it is, Belgium or England, but whoever it is, we’ll keep
Santos also sent a
message to the national team via his twitter account, saying
“We’re in the knockouts! Thanks, guys @FCFSeleccionCol. You’re
the pride of the nation! COME ON COLOMBIA!”
Colombia will play
England in the second round on Thursday 3rd July,
after the Three Lions lost their final group game against