Senegal seek to seize last 16 spot tonight

25 June, 2018, 06:06 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Poland vs. Colombia - 6/24/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Steen: Japan scored an upset win over Colombia with some strong play, but Senegal also shocked Poland in their opening game. Colombia waited until the last match to make it to Russian Federation.

Aliou Cisse, the man who leads the Senegal team, has generated quite a buzz on social media, where he has drawn comparisons to superhero Black Panther and praise for his cool and his moves.

Cruelly deprived of competing in Brazil by a horrific knee injury, Falcao watched from the sidelines as James, whose sumptuous volley against Uruguay was voted goal of the tournament, took Colombia on a whirlwind journey on their first World Cup appearance since France '98. This is at a point facts show that black managers are a rare sight in World Cups, despite its expansion from 24 to 32 teams.

Colombia's performance against Poland was one for the ages as Los Cafeteros ran rampant for 90 minutes, smashing in three goals and eliminating the team that many thought would win Group H. We discuss Colombia's attack-and our love for Juan Cuadrado-how Group H could shake out after the final day and much more.

If they can replicate this against Senegal, the Teranga Lions could struggle and they'll need to mark the opposition midfielders tightly to deny them time on the ball.

"First time in a long time since we've seen a hat-trick from England player in the World Cup, absolutely delighted for Harry and the team", tweeted Hurst.

It was the first win for an Asian side against South American opposition at a World Cup, which added further embarrassment for Colombia among their South American neighbours.

With this draw, Japan and Senegal both sit atop Group H with four points. "Today we're forced to win and we have to do everything we can to win".


Things stayed insane when Japan and Senegal squared off Sunday in Ekaterinburg.

Japan is an experienced team - the nation has qualified for the past six World Cups - that could be at full strength against Senegal. "But definitely they can play together and if they are top form we are tempted to play them together".

"It was a tough match, we knew it would be", Japan coach Akira Nishino said.

The pressure is now on, not just for Rodriguez, but in the knowledge that Jose Nestor Pekerman's six-and-a-half-year stint - only three other coaches at the World Cup have been in place longer - in charge would have a huge stain should Colombia lose against a Poland side ranked eighth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and also needing a result. "Against Colombia. we will play differently and better".

"We need to have more concentration and be more rigorous", Cisse said.

They did the same after Japan's victory over Colombia and Senegal's win over Poland on Tuesday.

If Poland and Colombia draw, all four teams can still qualify. "You know, no one can play perfectly for 90 minutes, and African players especially lack concentration, particularly in the second half".

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