Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

Colombia secured their passage to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Senegal which simultaneously eliminated the Africans via the fair-play rule.

With so much at stake for every team and simultaneous matches of Japan vs. Poland and Colombia vs. Senegal set for Thursday, Group H looks set to provide a thrilling finale to the group stage of the tournament.

Yerry Mina's 74th-minute header at the Samara Arena this afternoon turned Group H on its head with Japan also going through as runners-up despite losing 1-0 to Poland.

There was a blow for Colombia on 31 minutes as Jose Pekerman was forced to withdraw James Rodriguez for Lucas Muriel due to an injury.

Colombia will face the runner-up of Group G, which will be either England or Belgium.

Senegal were the last remaining African side in the competition and their elimination means that there will be no African team in the second round of a World Cup for the first time since 1982.

The two teams appeared well matched in the opening salvos but Colombia failed to create anything of note in the first half following Juan Quintero's free kick that was pushed around the post by Khadim N'Diaye.

Senegal, who had most of the better players in the first half, though they had a penalty when Sadio Mane went down in the area on 17 minutes.

Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the net.

However, after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the referee chose to reverse his decision and did not award the spot-kick.

Mane slipped while taking a free-kick, yellow-shirted fans afforded further cheer as news from Volgograd came in, and Rodriguez, back pitchside, turned motivator as a Salif Sane slice proved a Senegal let-off.

After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodríguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarterfinals four years ago.

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