Cisse: Senegal commitment explains fair play exit

Cisse: Senegal commitment explains fair play exit

Japan qualified for the knockout stage despite losing 1-0 to Poland in their final Group H game in Volgograd.

After getting the crucial opening goal as Poland were pushed out of the tournament in the second group game, the 6ft 5in monster rose to plant an unstoppable header past brilliant Senegal stopper Khadim N'Diaye and haul his team into the knockout rounds when it very much looked like James Rodriguez's early exit may have led to the nation leaving Russian Federation early too.

However, his team came on fourth position in Group H.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman admitted his side had been fortunate after a 1-0 win against Senegal sealed their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Barcelona defender Mina rose highest in the box to meet Juan Quintero's corner and powered his header past Khadim N'Diaye in the Senegal goal. Japan had four yellow cards to Senegal's six. It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated from the tournament because of the amount of yellow cards they had accrued. "It's up to us to make them proud, to fly the flag for Senegal and Africa at this World Cup".

Colombia's football association has said the players who faced Poland focused on "regenerative" work on Monday.

"Frankly, we were not very good", concluded Cisse, Senegal captain in their run to the quarter-finals in 2002, their only previous appearance at a World Cup.

They received two more yellow cards in the group stages. His team played some scintillating stuff as Poland were pulverised and their World Cup campaign turned around.

Mexico eliminated from World Cup with loss to Brazil
But before setting up the second goal it looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go. Mexico fans made their presence felt in Russia with their traveling fan base and celebrations out on the Russian streets.

"This is one of the rules".

They had looked set to take the lead in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the area under a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.

Colombia's travelling hordes raised the volume in an attempt to inspire their side but though they saw more of the ball after the break, Radamel Falcao remained ineffective and Senegal retained menace on the break as gaps appeared.

But half an hour into an entertaining first half, Pekerman was forced to tinker when Rodriguez was forced off with an injury and replaced by Luis Muriel.

It was Mina's second goal of the tournament and it put the enthusiastic Colombian fans at Samara Stadium in a frenzy.

"We knew that Senegal was going to try to win the match and it's too bad that James' had to leave the match so early".

The South Americans came out firing in the second half as they went search of an opening goal which they desperately needed, although clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

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