Japan’s surprise loss to already eliminated Poland proved irrelevant as Colombia knocked Senegal out with a 1-0 victory in Samara.
Senegal after being level with Japan on points, goal difference, head-to-head and goals scored, but their greater number of yellow cards accumulated sends them crashing out of the competition.
VAR also correctly denied Senegal a penalty in the first half, before Mina thumped a downward header off the turf and into the net to win the game – and the group – in dramatic fashion for Colombia!
Colombia scored the decisive goal of the game, Juan Quintero’s cross perfect for Barcelona defender Mina to rise highest and crash home a stunning header that went through goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.
Senegal knew they were heading out and responded well to Mina’s goal, Ismaila Sarr missing a fine chance after being picked out by Mane.
Colombia settled for their one-goal lead and, despite growing increasingly desperate and frantic in the closing minutes, Senegal could not force in an equaliser to keep them in the World Cup, their fair play record giving them an unwanted piece of history.
Group G’s top two England and Belgium await Colombia and Japan in the last 16, with Senegal unfortunate to be knocked out by the slimmest of margins.