Colombia through to last 16 with 1-0 win, Senegal out

Colombia's players attend a training session in Kazan on June 25 ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group H match against Senegal

With Japan and Senegal posting an identical goal-difference and goal scored, the latter progressed via the Fair Play rule, having accumulated less yellow cards than the African nation.

It was an emphatic reaffirmation of their potential after 10-man Colombia, quarter-finalists in Brazil four years ago, had suffered an upset defeat in their opening game to Japan.

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

Colombia and Japan go on to play opponents from Group G - either England or Belgium, who play later Thursday.

Both sides were intermittently impressive against a awful Poland but Japan did a number on 10-man Colombia to avenge their trouncing in the group stage four years ago.

Senegal knew they were heading out and responded well to Mina's goal, Ismaila Sarr missing a fine chance after being picked out by Mane.

But the atmosphere amongst the nearly 42,000 people at Samara Arena picked up near the hour mark when Poland scored to push both teams above Japan in the table.

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Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in their second group encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2018, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan to take all three points.

The fair play ranking is being used as a tiebreaker for the first time at a World Cup. Teammate Radamel Falcao patted him on the back sympathetically as he headed to the sideline.

The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.

Mina rose highest in the box to power home his header pass Ndiaye in goal for Senegal.

Both teams were on track to move into the knockout stages with 16 minutes remaining in Thursday's clash at the Samara Arena, due to Japan trailing 1-0 to Poland in Volgograd.

Senegal opened the tournament in Russian Federation with a 2-1 victory over Poland and followed that with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Japan.

Senegal lost a World Cup group-stage game for the first time in their history.

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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