An intense header from Barcelona's Yerry Mina terminated Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 prevail upon Group H rivals Senegal, who slammed out because of a poorer disciplinary record than Japan. Colombia and Japan will play either England or Belgium, who were playing later Thursday. The South Americans, hoping to achieve the last stages in the wake of achieving the quarter-finals in Brazil, gambled leaving the competition at the principal leap. However, subsequent to seeing the video aide ref act the hero in a baffling first half, Colombia were given a last-16 help 13 minutes from the end when Mina rose to meet a corner from the privilege and direct a header into the top of Khadim Ndiaye's net.
Poland's 1-0 reassurance prevail upon Japan implied the Asians completed level with Senegal, who were distressingly dispensed with on the grounds that they were issued six yellow cards in the opposition, two more than Japan. In Samara, Colombia mentor Jose Pekerman kept confidence with the assaulting bleeding edge that pounded Poland 3-0, with midfielders Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado giving the help to striker Radamel Falcao in advance.
Be that as it may, before the finish of an engaging first half, Pekerman was compelled to tinker when Rodriguez was constrained off with damage issue and supplanted by Luis Muriel. Before at that point, Senegal had demonstrated assaulting strength yet, very regularly, neglected to debilitate David Ospina's objective. Colombia's best first-half shot originated from a free-kick that saw Ndiaye jump to repel Juan Quintero's intense exertion after Falcao had been sandwiched in mid-air.
However Colombia needed pace and punch, and the guile of Juan Cuadrado, so viable against Poland, neglected to awe Senegal as they got the Juventus man out more than once. At the point when Cuadrado lost ownership inexpensively at the midway line, Keita Balde sent Sadio Mane on his way towards objective before the Liverpool man fell under a test from safeguard Davinson Sanchez.
Serbian ref Milorad Mazic indicated the spot however in the midst of Colombian dissents he was called to counsel the VAR, which demonstrated Sanchez's boot had reached the ball first. From another free kick Falcao was hailed offside when he headed Quintero's coasted conveyance high and wide.
Cuadrado's endeavor to spill into the region earned a corner, and Barcelona safeguard Mina rose most astounding to streak a header downwards that skiped up into the highest point of Ndiaye's net on 77 minutes. Senegal aroused in the end minutes and it took a progression of incredible spares by Arsenal shot-halted Ospina to keep Colombia in the competition.
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