Colombia tops Senegal 1-0 to advance top of group

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com also reported that Japan lost 1-0 against Poland in the other game.

Colombia settled for their one-goal lead and, despite growing increasingly desperate and frantic in the closing minutes, Senegal could not force in an equaliser to keep them in the World Cup, their fair play record giving them an unwanted piece of history. Should Senegal lose and Japan are thrashed that would also open the way for an African representative in the last 16 to join the the 10 from Europe.

Colombia had it all to do to book a spot in the last 16, with Senegal only needing a point to advance.

The South Americans will face the runners-up from Group G, which will be either England or Belgium, in Moscow on Tuesday, while Japan await the winners in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

Sanchez thwarted Senegal's star man again on 26 minutes after Mane had skilfully turned away from Mina. From the resultant corner, Ospina had to dive on the ball ahead of Mane after Mina's attempted clearance had deflected back towards goal.

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But the decision was overturned after VAR showed Sanchez won the ball in the box. Japan, content with a 1-0 defeat to Poland in the simultaneous match, was stalling because it would advance if the scores remained the same.

News of Jan Bednarek's goal for Poland gave a lift to fans of both Colombia and Senegal as the tension levels in Samara continued to rise.

Senegal will be concerned by the potential of letting slip a favourable position, after kicking off the tournament with a 2-0 win over Poland and then being in command against Japan, only to prove unable to secure all the points.

Group H has featured some of the most surprising and exciting football of the 2018 World Cup thus far.

Senegal however need just a draw to qualify to the next round and coach Aliou Cisse is charging his players to go all out and win the game for their country and the continent.

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