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    Colombia knockout Senegal to end African representation in the world cup

    Africa’s hope of qualifying for the knock out stage of the on-going World Cup in Russia has died with Senegal, after the Terenga Lions lost 1-0 to Colombia on Thursday afternoon.

    Senegal had the whole continent behind them when they looked to become the only team from Africa to reach the World Cup knockout stage in Russia, after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all fell at the group stage.

    Yerry Mina's second-half header sent Colombia into a potential last-16 tie with England at the World Cup at the expense of Senegal, who lost out to Japan having received more yellow cards.
    Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing for an equaliser which would have sent the African side through - Aliou Cisse's side were level with Japan in terms of points and goal difference, but crucially not yellow cards.

    Colombia had to win to be sure of their progress but with Poland beating Japan 1-0 in Volgograd, African representation at the World Cup was ended as Senegal failed to secure the point they needed.

    The South Americans will face the runners-up from Group G, which will be either England or Belgium, in Moscow on Tuesday, while Japan await the winners in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

    Senegal was participating at the World Cup for only the second time, having reached the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002.

    No Africa team has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup but Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) all reached the quarter-finals.

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