Senegal, last African team crash out of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Senegal, last African team crash out of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Colombia secured a spot in the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday.

It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.

With Senegal able to settle for a draw, the onus was on Colombia to break the deadlock and they started to display the necessary urgency at the start of the second half, but the Africans looked well-organized and resolute.

Senegal and Japan both lost on Thursday, putting the teams in a tie for second place in Group H. But Japan took the final spot in the knockout round thanks to the controversial "fair play" tiebreaker.

The Colombians suffered a blow when striker James Rodriguez - the Golden Boot victor in Brazil four years ago - was forced off injured on the half-hour mark, to be replaced by Luis Muriel. More importantly, he came through for Los Cafeteros when they most needed it.

Unfortunately, they could not, and now, for the first time since 1982, Africa will not have a representative in the knockout stage of a World Cup.

But with only three points to their name in Russian Federation, anything less than a win against Aliou Cisse's Senegal side would see "Los Cafeteros" (Coffee Makers) exit the tournament.

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The victory pushed the Colombians through to the round of 16 for the second straight World Cup.

The clash happened four years ago, serving as a preparation for Colombia ahead of their campaign at the World Cup in Brazil. They must also must also back and wonder how they failed to beat Japan, despite having created more than twice as many chances as their Asian opponents.

Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodriguez was forced off injured.

"The team played as a unit and the football emerged from this unity".

Sanchez thwarted Senegal's star man again on 26 minutes after Mane had skilfully turned away from Mina.

But Pekerman said Colombia will not be aiming for anything less than a win. Rodriguez scored both goals, including one that was voted goal of the tournament.

Colombia won the match 1-0, making people back home very happy...

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