Preview - Senegal vs Colombia 28 June 18

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World Cup Group H
Senegal vs Colombia
Thursday, June 28th, 2018
23:00pm, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Samara Arena

Last five matches form: D L W W D
Average goals per match last ten: 1.40
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.70
Top Scorer: Moussa Sow (19)

Last five matches form: W D D L W
Average goals per match last ten: 1.50
Average goals against per match last ten: 1.00
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (30)

There are few big games in the final round of group fixtures and we have another one here as Senegal take on Colombia.

A draw will be enough for Senegal to make it through to the knockout round.

One point would also see Colombia through, but only if Poland beat Japan. They won't want to take any chances with that though and will be going for the win that will ensure their progression.

Senegal would be happy with a repeat of the result in the only previous meeting between the sides. A 2-2 draw in a 2014 friendly.

No injury concerns for Senegal, but Colombia look set to be without Abel Aguilar.

Senegal have performed with credit to get themselves into this position, but we just suspect they may be up against it here. There victory over Poland owed as much to the Polish inadequacies as it did to their own ability, and they did only draw with Japan who we rate as inferior to Colombia.

Colombia's opener against Japan was a write off almost from the word go following an early red card and penalty. It does say much for their character though that they nearly claimed a point from that game and rebounded in resounding fashion when thumping Poland last time.

Senegal may only need a pointy to progress, but we don't see them getting it.

Prediction: Senegal 0 - 2 Colombia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 7 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 1 - 3
Possession: 40% - 60%

One yellow card apiece in this game. Senegal's Mbaye Niang and Colombia's Johan Mojica the men to have their names taken by referee Milorad Mazic.

Most observers made Colombia the favourites to come through this crucial game, and whilst that is how it ultimately turned out, they were certainly made to work by Senegal who can count themselves unfortunate to come away with nothing on the balance of play.

The big moment of the first half came in the 16th minute. Sadio Mané racing through on goal and looking all set to pull the trigger only to be denied by the intervention of Davinson Sanchez. The referee deemed that Sanchez had played the man and not the ball though and promptly pointed to the penalty spot. And then VAR intervened. Upon review it became clear that it was actually an outstanding tackle by the Colombian defender and the penalty decision was correctly overruled.

As the second half wore on, it was beginning to look as though Colombia would be unable to find a way through this Senegal defence, until in the 73rd minute it was a set-piece which proved to be their salvation. Yerry Mina rising highest to meet a Juan Quintero corner from the right and send a powerful header low into the ground and in.

Senegal did fight back, Mbaye Niang forcing a good save from David Ospina, but 0-1 it stayed.

So, following the worst possible start to this years World Cup campaign, Colombia not only make it through but top Group H in the end. Their reward a last 16 clash with England.

Third place for Senegal, who go home on the fair play rule. Very unlucky.

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