Result: Senegal knocked out as Colombia narrowly qualifies for last 16 of the world cup with a 1-0

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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,28TH JUNE 2018-Colombia secured their passage to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Senegal which simultaneously eliminated the Africans on their disciplinary record.

The two teams appeared well matched in the opening salvos but Colombia failed to create anything of note in the first half following Juan Quintero’s free kick that was pushed around the post by Khadim N’Diaye.

Davinson Sanchez came to Colombia’s rescue several times before the break, although the Tottenham Hotspur defender’s first major contribution initially resulted in a penalty being awarded to Senegal on 18 minutes.

Intervention from VAR saw referee Milorad Mazic overturn his original decision, with the replays having shown that Sanchez had expertly taken the ball off the toe of Sadio Mane as the Liverpool winger ran through on goal.

Sanchez thwarted Senegal’s star man again on 26 minutes after Mane had skilfully turned away from Mina. Keita Balde Diao picked up the second ball but his curling shot was easy pickings for goalkeeper David Ospina.

Colombia were being pushed back against the ropes and suffered a big blow when they lost James Rodriguez, who has six goals and four assists in seven World Cup appearances, to a calf injury just after the half-hour mark.

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