Colombia through to last 16 after bundling out Senegal

Senegal will play against Colombia in their final group game

The west Africans could have ensured qualification to the next phase in Russian Federation in Sunday's second group match against Japan but are now on shaky ground after playing out a 2-2 draw, even if the permutations are still weighted in their favour.

Substitute Keisuke Honda equalised with 12 minutes left as Japan twice pegged back Senegal in a captivating stalemate at Yekaterinburg Arena that leaves Group H wide open.

Colombia qualified for the World Cup knockout stage as Group H winners after a 1-0 win over a Senegal side who crashed out of the competition in dramatic fashion on fair play points.

However, with both Japan and Senegal having the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored, it came down to disciplinary record to decide the runners-up.

Senegal, who had most of the better players in the first half, though they had a penalty when Sadio Mane went down in the area on 17 minutes.

Sarr snatched at another chance on 80 minutes when his back-post volley lacked conviction, after he had been picked out by Mane's cross, and Senegal did not have another opportunity to rescue their tournament. Victory would put either side through, but a draw would be good enough for Senegal and might even work for Colombia if the worst team at the tournament, Poland, can find some testicular fortitude and banjo Japan.

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Kane was dragged to the deck by Godoy and took delight in firing home the resulting spot-kick. "That's the luck of it". Disappointed Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said his team's level had dipped since their opening victory over Poland.

Colombia will face the runner-up of Group G, which will be either England or Belgium.

Intervention from VAR saw referee Milorad Mazic overturn his original decision, with replays having shown that Sanchez had expertly taken the ball off the toe of Sadio Mane as the Liverpool winger ran through on goal.

Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodríguez was forced off injured.

The game's first real effort at at goal arrived after 12 minutes, with Colombia's Quintero forcing goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye into fine save with a curling free-kick.

Colombia might control the run of play and create more chances, but Senegal will be risky on the counter-attack.

Yet Mina ensured Colombia were not made to pay when he headed home in the 74th minute.

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