Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Colombia face Senegal at the Cosmos Arena, Samara in a tight-affair to secure qualification to the last 16.
Everything is still up for grabs in Group H of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with the two knockout-stage places yet to be decided and three teams in contention. With that in mind, Colombia and Senegal are set for a tightly-contested battle at the Cosmos Arena in Samara to determine which side will make the last 16.
Senegal have four points after two matches, and only need a draw to secure a spot in the next round after defeating Poland (2-1) and drawing with Japan (2-2) in their prior matches.Colombia’s case is a bit more complicated.
After losing to Japan (2-1) and winning against Poland (3-0), Los Cafeteros need to win at all costs to make it to the next round. They can still qualify with a draw, but they would need winless Poland to beat Japan.
Highlights of Senegal vs Colombia:
# The referee blows for the end of today's match. Colombia and Japan qualify from Group H!
# 90+3' Luis Muriel (Colombia) was standing in a clear offside position, making it an easy call for the linesman.
# 90+2' CHANCE! What a chance that is! Moussa Konate (Senegal) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the wing. He produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes well wide of the right post!
# There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.
# 88' The manager has decided to make a substitution and Falcao walks off the pitch to be replaced by Miguel Borja (Colombia).
# 87' Dangerous play by Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal). Milorad Mazic blows his whistle for a foul.
# 87' The free kick into the penalty area from Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) is cleared.
# 86' Luis Muriel (Colombia) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Milorad Mazic has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle. There is a free kick near the sideline to Senegal.
# 85' The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Diafra Sakho (Senegal) comes onto the pitch so that M'Baye Niang can be given a rest.
# 82' Jose Pekerman has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Jefferson Lerma (Colombia) replacing Mateus Uribe.
# 82' Sadio Mane (Senegal) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but David Ospina comes off the line to clear the ball away.
AS IT STANDS:June 28, 2018
# 80' Sadio Mane (Senegal) strikes a promising volley towards goal, but one of the defenders is quick enough to step in and make a crucial block.
# 80' The game has come to an end for Balde Keita. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Moussa Konate (Senegal).
# 79' Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) leans back and sends a volley soaring over the bar from inside the box.
# 78' CHANCE! Sadio Mane (Senegal) outjumps the defence to meet the resulting corner and heads the ball low to the middle of the goal. The long-range header is not powerful enough, and the keeper comfortably makes a save.
# 77' Balde Keita (Senegal) prepares to take a corner kick.
# 76' M'Baye Niang (Senegal) runs with the ball towards the keeper and pulls the trigger from close range, but David Ospina anticipates his intention and makes an amazing save to stop the shot going into the top of the net. Senegal force their opponents to concede a corner
# 74' GOAL! Yerry Mina (Colombia) outjumps the defence inside the six-yard box to meet the corner and scores with a great header into the right side of the goal. The keeper had no chance to react. The score is now 0:1.
# 73' The ball is cleared after Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Colombia have been awarded a corner kick.
# 71' Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
# 69' Falcao (Colombia) is deemed to be in an offside position by the linesman and it looks like it is the right decision despite being a very close call.
# Scenes from Poland vs Japan:
# 66' Falcao (Colombia) reacts well and displays good awareness inside the box to get on the end of the resulting corner kick. He fails to direct the ball into the net as it flies narrowly over the crossbar.
AS IT STANDS:June 28, 2018
# 65' CHANCE! Luis Muriel (Colombia) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players. Colombia will take a corner kick.
# 64' Balde Keita (Senegal) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and left Milorad Mazic no option but to blow his whistle. It's a free kick to Colombia in a dangerous position.
# 63' Sadio Mane (Senegal) fires the ball in from a mid-range free kick, but it blazes over the bar.
# 62' Carlos Sanchez (Colombia) commits a rough challenge and Milorad Mazic blows his whistle for a foul. Senegal win a free kick. It's a promising situation for a direct shot.
# 61' A pass from Falcao (Colombia) is intercepted by Khadim N'Diaye and the move breaks down.
# 59' A raking crossfield pass from Mateus Uribe (Colombia) lacks accuracy and the opposition gain possession.
# In the other game: Poland has taken the lead against Japan!
# 56' Falcao (Colombia) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
# 55' Johan Mojica (Colombia) dinks a cross into the box in an attempt to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to clear.
# 54' Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) is moving okay again after that injury scare.
# 54' The game is interrupted now, Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
# 52' Milorad Mazic blows his whistle. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) commits a foul after dangerous play.
# 51' Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) is caught offside, but it was a really close call.
# M'Baye Niang (Senegal) will miss the next game.
# 50' M'Baye Niang (Senegal) violates the rules and gets a yellow card.
# 49' Luis Muriel (Colombia) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.
# 47' Santiago Arias (Colombia) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
# 46' Colombia keeping the possession, still trying to break that Senegalese defence line.
# Second half begins!
# There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Milorad Mazic has ended it.
# 3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
# 45' Johan Mojica (Colombia) shouldn't be surprised it's a yellow from the ref, who cooled the situation down well.
# 44' A lofted cross from Luis Muriel (Colombia) is unsuccessful as the opponent's defence quickly clears the ball out of the penalty area.
# Meanwhile at Japan vs Poland:
# 40' M'Baye Niang (Senegal) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but David Ospina comes off the line to clear the ball away.
# 39' Johan Mojica (Colombia) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
# 39' Johan Mojica (Colombia) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
# 37' Wasted effort! Salif Sane (Senegal) finds himself some space, looks up but sends a dreadful shot high over the bar from long range.
# 36' Milorad Mazic has a clear sight and sees a foul from Carlos Sanchez (Colombia). Senegal have a free kick from a promising distance.
# 35' Juan Quintero (Colombia) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Khadim N'Diaye.
# 34' The referee blows his whistle as Salif Sane (Senegal) was too aggressive in his challenge.
# 32' Santiago Arias (Colombia) carelessly slides into the feet of his opponent and he'll be lucky to avoid punishment. Milorad Mazic blows for the foul but keeps his cards in his pocket on this occasion.
# 30' Jose Pekerman is forced to make a change. James Rodriguez (Colombia) is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Luis Muriel.
# 28' Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) sets himself up and has a crack at goal from the edge of the box. The shot heads low to the middle of the goal, but David Ospina tracks it all the way and makes an easy save.
# 27' Balde Keita (Senegal) gets to the rebound on the edge of the penalty area and fires a shot goalwards, but David Ospina gets a hand to it and keeps it out.
No goals in Group H's matches so far today...
As it stands:June 28, 2018
# 25' Falcao (Colombia) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
# 24' Juan Quintero (Colombia) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.
# 24' Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) was too forceful with his tackle and Milorad Mazic interrupted the game to signal a free kick. Colombia have a free kick.
# 22' Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) fizzes over a cross which doesn't cause any problems.
# 20' M'Baye Niang (Senegal) takes a mid-range free kick and tries to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the keeper climbs high and gets to it first, collecting the ball with ease.
# 18' After the VAR review the referee signals NO PENALTY, play can continue.
# 16' It’s tense out there as the referee has decided to review the penalty decision using the VAR. He makes his way over to the monitor.
# 15' Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal) was too fierce in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Milorad Mazic blows for a foul.
# 14' Sadio Mane (Senegal) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
# 12' Juan Quintero (Colombia) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but the effort is snuffed out by the goalkeeper.
# 12' Juan Quintero (Colombia) stands over the free kick and opts to take it himself, sending the ball towards the bottom left corner only for Khadim N'Diaye to dive and make a save. Colombia force a corner. They send men into the box.
# 11' The game is interrupted. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did. Colombia are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
# 10' Balde Keita (Senegal) gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Milorad Mazic saw the whole situation.
# 9' A pass from Johan Mojica (Colombia) is intercepted by Khadim N'Diaye and the move breaks down.
# 8' Balde Keita (Senegal) produces a cross from the resulting free kick far from the goal, but there's no one to really attack the ball and the goalkeeper gathers easily.
# 7' Santiago Arias (Colombia) tackles a bit over-zealously and Milorad Mazic blows for a foul. Senegal are awarded the free kick.
# 4' Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by M'Baye Niang (Senegal) is thwarted and cleared to safety.
# 3' Colombian defenders are just passing around with the ball among themselves.
# 1' Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) fails to find a teammate across the pitch with a long ball.
# Kick off!
# Both sides have the exact same record over the past five matches (W2, D2, L1) across all competitions.
# Colombia have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches (in all competitions), whilst Senegal have kept three in their last six (in all competitions).
# Stat attack: All four matches in Group H thus far have ended with over 2.5 goals.
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# Key battle: Sadio Mané scored against Japan and will headline Senegal’s attacking line, while James Rodriguez will carry Colombia’s hopes after creating two assists in the win against Poland last time out
These two players could be crucial today...June 28, 2018
Colombia starting XI: Ospina, Arias, Yerry Mina, Sánchez, Mojica, Carlos Sánchez, Uribe, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao
Senegal starting XI: K.Ndiaye, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Sané, Gassama, Gueye, Kouyaté, Sarr, Mané, Niang, Keita Baldé
It's the final day of the group stages!June 28, 2018