Colombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a 2nd-half header to anchor a sensational 1-0 triumph over Senegal on Thursday that slung the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African rivals out of competition.
Senegal had just required a point in their last Group H match to achieve the next round, however defeat saw them pass up a great opportunity to Japan, who edged them out of the sprinters up spot by uprightness of having a superior disciplinary record.
It was the first run through in World Cup history that two groups had been isolated by the measure of yellow cards they had accumulated in the competition.
Both Senegal and Japan, who were beaten 1-0 by Poland on Thursday, completed the group with 4 points and an indistinguishable record in every single other respects. However the Asian side finished in second position having grabbed four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.
Colombia, who completed as group victors with 6 points will confront a last-16 coordinate against the sprinters up in Group G where England and Belgium fight for amazingness later on Thursday.
Thrashing for Senegal disposed of them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a delegate in the knockout stages.
Senegal had been heading through until the point that the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a projectile header into the net.
It was a devastating hit to the Senegalese who had been the better side for the greater part of the diversion and had a penalty grant toppled in the main half after a VAR review.
They had looked set to lead the pack in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the territory under a test from Davinson Sanchez and ref Milorad Mazic indicated the spot.
The VAR framework has not been all around acclaimed at this competition, but rather TV replays seemed to demonstrate Sanchez make history his foot sole area on the ball, before banging into Mane, and in the wake of assessing his unique choice, Mazic concurred.
Colombia had got off to a poor begin and endured a blow at an opportune time when playmaker and charm James Rodriguez was constrained off harmed.
After his show in their last match against Poland, Colombian expectations had again been stuck on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had initiated their raced to the last quarter-finals four years back.
Those expectations looked miserable, be that as it may, close to kickoff at the Samara Arena as the forward was hit with one overwhelming test, which unmistakably incurred significant damage, and he was pulled back after thirty minutes having spent a great part of the mediating time frame strolling around the pitch.
His exit did close to nothing, in any case, to restore the lazy South Americans, who had been second best in relatively every division.
Chances all through the match were thin on the ground, with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao taking off target in the 25th minute and again in the second half, while substitute Luis Muriel had an exertion blocked.
However Mina guaranteed Colombia were not made to pay when he headed home in the 74th minute.