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The Colombian team defeated Senegal one goal to zero and entered the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup together with Japan, which became the first team to qualify under the criterion of "fair play" leaving the Africans behind due to their smaller amount of yellow cards.
Colombia suffered in the Samara Arena to open the necessary spaces in the Senegalese defense, which opted to maintain the tie that qualified them and launch a counterattack that could end up in goal.
As if that were not enough, the Colombians suffered the exit through injury of James Rodriguez, one of the main figures in attack, substituted by Luis Muriel.
It was not until the 74th minute that after a corner kick Yerry Mina rose above the African defenders to nod and beat goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye and put figures on the scoreboard.
The game could be played in a much different pace from that moment, as Colombia handed ball possession and the field over to Senegal, who sought by all possible means to score the tying goal. They collided once and again with goalkeeper David Ospina, certain every time he was needed.
The three final whistles were the signal of the Colombian celebration, which was classified in the first place of Group H, ahead of Japan, which in Volgograd suffered a 1-0 defeat against Poland, which relegated it to second place, in parity of points with Senegal, but with the advantage that they had received fewer yellow cards during
the group stage.
It was a poor showing by both teams, that barely had shots on goal in the first half, who did not leave the midfield for much of the 90 minutes and only in an intervention by Jan Bednarek, alone in the area
in the 59th minute, managed the only goal of the match.