2018 FIFA WC: Africa's dreams shattered as Senegal lose 1-0 to Colombia and Japan lose 1-0 to Poland

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Africa's hopes of getting one country to the Round of 16 in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup went up in flames at the Samara Arena in Samara on Thursday when the only bright star, Senegal, were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Colombia.

In a match that Senegal's chances of progress depended on themselves, they succumbed to Yerry Mina 74th minute header from a corner.

And on the day when fortunes of qualification to the knockout round swang among Japan, Senegal and Colombia, it was Senegal that eventually lost out on fair play - they had received more yellow cards than Japan, with whom they ended the Group H matches with 4 points apiece, despite the Japanese losing 1-0 to Poland. Senegal had received 6 yellow cards and Japan 4.

Colombia, who started the day third in the table leapfrogged Senegal and Japan to the summit with the victory that gave them 6 points.
Senegal thought they had a penalty in the 18th minute when Sadio Mane went down in the Colombian penalty box seemingly brought down by Davinson Sanchez, but VRA ruled that it was a fair tackle.

All five African teams are now out - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia, although Tunisia play their final Group G match against Panama later on Thursday.

Senegal won their first group match 2-1 against Poland but drew the second 2-2 against Japan after going ahead on two occasions. But fair play became the final judge that was the undoing of the West African country.

Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 2 3 6
Japan 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
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28 june 2018 16:27:52

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