World Cup 2018: Heartbreak for Senegal, Tunisia sign off with a win


first_imgSenegal became the last team to be knocked out from this year’s World Cup after their 1-0 loss against Colombia in Samara. On the other hand, Japan, who were on top of the group, finished second thanks to a better ‘Fair Play’ record than third-placed Senegal.Japan also lost their match to Poland 1-0 in Volgograd. The results meant that Colombia finished on top with six points from three games while Japan finished second with four from three — same as Senegal. But, the African nations lost out due to a bad disciplinary record. Senegal had six yellow cards while Japan had five.After being goalless for over 70 minutes, Colombia’s Yerry Mina scored from a set-piece in the 74th minute to put his team ahead which proved enough for Colombia to advance while Senegal crashed out of the tournament. Colombia is the only nation which progressed to the next stage in this World Cup after losing its first match.DAY 14: HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSIn the other group match, Poland’s Jan Bednarek scored from a set-piece in the 59th minute to ensure that Poland went out of the World Cup on a high.The ‘Samurai Blue’ needed a draw to definitely advance to the knockout rounds after they beat Colombia and drew with Senegal in the previous two games, reversing low expectations at the start of the tournament.Colombia will next face England while Japan will go head-to-head against Group G toppers Belgium.Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalIn Group G, Tunisia signed off with a 2-1 victory over Panama while Belgium topped the group with a drab 1-0 victory over the Three Lions in Kaliningrad.advertisementNeatly-taken second-half goals by Fakhreddine Ben Yousseff and Wahbi Khazri gave Tunisia a 2-1 victory over Panama in their final Group G match in Saransk.Tunisia, playing fluent and composed football, dominated the match but were trailing 1-0 at halftime after a shot by Panama’s Jose Luis Rodriguez took a deflection off Tunisian defender Yassine Meriah in the 33rd minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHaving failed to finish off several chances in the first half, Tunisia took six minutes to assert themselves after the restart. Ben Yousseff picked up a neat low cross from Khazri to slot the ball home from close range. Khazri, who had always looked dangerous, obliged in the 66th minute, running unmarked on to a low cross from defender Oussama Haddadi to tap into an open goal and help Tunisia go 2-1 ahead.Belgium beat England to top Group G, Tunisia thump PanamaIn the other game, Adnan Januzaj’s fine finish early in the second half gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over England to secure top spot in Group G as both sides made wholesale changes to their lineups.The result means Belgium, who won all three of their group games to finish on nine points while England remained on six points from three games.Who plays who in the round of 16Japan only Asian team in last 16, no Africans Japan finished second in Group H and will face Belgium in the last 16 (Reuters Photo)Japan and Colombia became the last two teams to qualify for the last 16 of this year’s World Cup after all the Group H fixtures were played out.Japan were beaten by Poland 1-0 while Colombia edged past Senegal with the same scoreline as well. However, thanks to a better ‘Fair Play’ record, the Asians edged the Africans into the last 16. Earlier, Japan and Senegal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw to nullify the head-to-head reasoning. This was the first time qualification was decided on fair play in a World Cup.Japan only committed 28 fouls from their three games in the group — the least by any team. They were handed only five yellow cards from their three games.Today’s Group H results also mean that not a single African team qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup while Japan is the only team to go through from Asia.No Africans in last 16 for the first time in 36 years Senegal lost out in a place in the World Cup pre-quarters due to ‘Fair Play’ regulations (AP Photo)Senegal’s 1-0 loss to Colombia in Samara meant that no African team will progress into the last 16 for the first time since 1982.Senegal didn’t deserve to qualify, says coach Aliou CisseEgypt (Group A) and Morocco (Group B) finished last in their groups while Nigeria (Group D), Tunisia (Group G) and Senegal (Group H).10 teams from Europe, four from South America and one each from Asia and North America have made to the round of 16s from the group stages.advertisementGermany are the biggest name to miss out from Europe while Senegal are the biggest from Africa.17 changes made by England and Belgium combined Belgium made nine changes while England made eight from their previous game (Reuters Photo)England and Belgium made 18 changes combined for their Group G fixture in Kaliningrad on Thursday. Both the teams had already qualified for the last 16s and this match a dead-rubber in terms of qualification.Also, if future permutations and combinations are taken into consideration, then the team finishing second in the group are likely to have favourable fixtures. So, maybe that could lead to the drastic decision by both Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez to make a complete overhaul and lose the game and also give some game time to the fringe players so far.England had made eight changes overall from their last game versus Panama while Belgium made nine from their last encounter. Only Jordan Pickford, John Stones and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started for the Three Lions while Thibaut Courtois and Dedryck Boyata were the sole survivor for the Red Devils from the Tunisia clash.This was England’s second highest between games in a World Cup. Roy Hodgson made nine between Uruguay and Costa Rica in 2014. Thursday’s English side was also the second youngest starting XI in any major tournament with an average age of 25 years and 251 days. The first is versus Sweden in the 2002 World Cup — 25 years and 207 days.England and Belgium are also meeting in a World Cup for the first time since 1990. 28 years ago, David Platt’s 120th minute volley sent England into the quarters.Records galore in Panama-Tunisia fixture Ben Youssef scored the 2500th goal in World Cup history (Reuters Photo)Many records were made during the Group G fixture between Panama and Tunisia, which turned out to be the last match of the group stage in the World Cup.Yassine Meriah’s own goal for Tunisia gave Panama the lead in Saransk. The goal was the 50th own goal in the history of the World Cup. This was also the ninth own goal in this year’s World Cup — a record number.The goal also meant that every side has scored at least twice in this year’s World Cup. It has happened for the first time in the history of the tournament.Moving on to Tunisia now, Ben Youssef’s goal for Tunisia was the 2500th scored in World Cup finals till now. Lucien Laurent of France scored the first-ever goal against Meixco in 1930. Netehrlands’ Rob Rensenbrink scored the 1000th against Scotland in 1978, Argentina’s Claudio Caniggia scored the 1500th against Nigeria and Sweden’s Marcus Allback scored the 2000 against England in 2006.Wahab Khazri also became the only player to score two goals and register two assists so far at this year’s tournament.Tunisia’s 2-1 win over Panama was also their first World Cup finals win in 40 years.Record-breaking Belgiumadvertisement Belgium have won all their three group games for the second consecutive time in the World Cup (Reuters Photo)Belgium’s impressive run in this year’s World Cup continued despite the nine changes made to their starting XI against England on Thursday.The Red Devils beat England 1-0 and the goal was the ninth Belgium have scored in this year’s tournament — the most by any team so far. They scored three against Panama, five against Tunisia and one against England.Romelu Lukaku has scored the most number of goals for them. The Manchester United striker, who is second in the list of most goals scored along with Cristiano Ronaldo has netted four times so far from two games — a brace in each against Panama and Tunisia.They are also the only team to have won all three group games at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.last_img

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