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AFRICAN ECLIPSE: Yellow Cards, VAR Knock Senegal Out; Colombia, Japan Advance

AFRICAN ECLIPSE: Yellow Cards, VAR Knock Senegal Out; Colombia, Japan Advance

Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 at the Samara Arena on Thursday to advance to the round of 12 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as group winners.

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina was the match winner for Colombia, scoring a header in the 74th minute of the encounter. The goal was Mina’s second goal at the tournament.

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Colombia finished as Group H winners with six points with a goal difference of +3.

Senegal who were the only African team left in the tournament finished third despite being tied on the same points (four) and goal difference (0) with Japan. The Asians advanced based on their better fair play record as they have received fewer yellow cards than Senegal.

The Africans were denied a penalty after centre referee Milorad Mazic reviewed Davinson Sanchez’s challenge on Saido Mane, who was through one-on-one on goal in the box.

Video Assistant Referee reviews showed that Sanchez got the ball before Mane went to ground and the referee overturned his initial decision to give Senegal a penalty.

Colombia suffered a setback on the half hour mark when their star man James Rodriguez was forced off against due to an injury. The 2014 Golden Boot winner was subbed off for Luis Muriel.

A corner was powered in by Mina, which sent Colombia to the next round alongside other South American teams, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

At ​Volgograd Arena, Japan lost 1-0 to Poland but advanced to the round of 16 of the competition on fair play points as they have fewer yellow cards than Senegal.

Unmarked Southampton defender Jan Bednarek scored in the 59th minute for Poland with a volley from close range.

This is the first time since 1982 that no African side has reached the last sixteen of a World Cup tournament. Senegal also became the first side to be eliminated by the fair play rule.

Japan will take on Sweden in St Petersburg on July 3 in a round of 16 clash while Colombia will face the runners-up in Group G (England or Belgium).

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  • Victor 5 years ago

    Never knew the number of yellow cards a team receives also plays such important roles.
    Wow! This is sad for Africa.

  • There is a cancer in the heart of African football administration that will always ensure that African teams perform very poorly at world cup tournaments despite huge potentials.

    Nigeria, the most consistent and successful African team in world cup history has 2 wins in our last 14 world cup matches.

    That says it all.

    Football administration is failing Africa.

  • Offiongjamesusoro 5 years ago

    Very bad outing for Africa

  • It was a wrong decision from referee. That was surely a penalty for Senegal in the first half. Tackling from behind and Mane was impeded from moving on. They don’t want Africa’s progress.

  • Better luck next time for afrcan teams

  • Better luck next time.

  • All the best in the future.

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 years ago

    They robbed Nigeria. They robbed Senegal. What do you expect? Nigeria and Senegal made Africa proud by their gritty performances, it’s just that we lack the finesse and experience to compete on the global stage. The only team that could’ve done that was the SuperEagles of 94. But like every other African side they failed to reach their potentials. Hopefully this present SuperEagles and possibly this Senegalese team and upcoming Ghana and Ivory Coast can do something big in Qatar. For now let’s focus on developing our true talents and nurture them to prominence. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

  • The 1994 team failed because of inexperience coach too.
    When Amuneke was injured, Ikpeba or Egan Ekoku instead of Tompson Oliha should have come in , and we would have scored at least one more goal.

  • For players playing football at the highest levels in top leagues in Europe, African and Asia, African players demonstrate a level of naivety in World Cup tournaments that are, at times for me, too embarrassing to watch.

    Grit, determination and passion – these are good; but the level of professionalism, concentration, application, focus, team-play, organisation, strategising, football mental and psycological contents needed to compete effectively at the World Cup always appear missing in African teams time and time again.

    I really struggle with the argument that African teams don’t have experience. I really don’t mean this as a criticism of Aphillydegrate’s eloquent entry but I hear this argument in pubs time and time again and I say to myself: African teams like Cameroon and Nigeria have been going to the World Cup since 1998 (since 1990 for Cameroon) with some players that have senior World Cup experience, under-age world cup experience , African Cup of Nations (winning/knockout stage) experience, Champions league (Kanu, Samuel Etoo) experience, high quality Serie a, English Premier League etc experiences, so what other experience do they need to make Africa proud? I need someone to help me understand this.

    Finesse: well, God bestows talents, there is not a lot we can do about that. But Denmark, Greece, Zambia and Leicester City FC all have one thing in common; they prove that you can win a trophy without have the best players in the league and tournament.

    Which is why I think, as a continent, we need to radically re-think the totality of our approach to football.

    I think it should start with our football administrators but I stand to be corrected in all my points in this contribution

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