Colombia's Cuadrado warns of Senegal threat ahead of Group H finale

Kaluga ahead of their 2018 World Cup match against Colombia

Japan had two fewer yellow cards than Senegal, so the African team was eliminated.

Colombia secured a spot in the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday.

Colombia enters the game in third place in Group H, and must win in order to progress to the Round of 16, but a draw leaves the South Americans at the mercy of the Poland vs. Japan result.

Colombia, who overcame the premature exit of injured James Rodriguez, will now play Group G's second-placed side - either England or Belgium - in Moscow on Tuesday, with Japan facing the winners of that group in Rostov-on-Don a day earlier.

Poland can't progress to the last-16 with the no 1 seed in the group having lost their first two games of the competition.

With its game against Colombia looking destined for a draw and Poland beating Japan, Senegal was set to qualify for the last 16 as Group H victor.

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It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese, who had been the better side for most of the game, and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.

An open start had seen deliveries at either end wasted but Senegal's Khadim Ndiaye was the first goalkeeper worked when Juan Quintero's 13th-minute free-kick needed pushing round the post.

Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the net. However, after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez was deemed to have touched the ball and the decision was reversed. Yerry Mina scored the only goal in the match. Colombia 2, Senegal 0.

Desperate late Senegal attacks failed to yield a goal that would have kept them alive and as Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama celebrated, Mane and his team-mates were stunned.

"Colombia's style of play is similar to ours, very physical, moving forward quickly".

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