Senegal’s elimination means Africa bids 2018 FIFA World cup goodbye

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Senegal has been eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup after losing 1-0 to Colombia in their last Group stage game.

The Teranga Lions went into the game needing just a draw to ensure progress, but their opponents had to register a victory to make it into the next round.

After an entertaining first half, the teams went into the break 0-0, at which point Senegal still had an upper hand.

In the second half however, Yerry Mina found the back of the net with a powerful header, and Colombia hand on to book their place in the Round of 16.

The result means the South Americans progresses as the group winners, and will be joined by Japan which finished as runner up.

Japan also went down to Poland 1-0, finishing same on points with Senegal, but stayed in second place as the African side raked in more Yellow cards.

The Teranga Lions were Africa’s last hope in the tournament, after the other four sides – Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria – had been eliminated.

Colombia and Japan will now face Belgium and England in the Round of 16, though the two still have to do battle later tonight to determine who finishes top of their group.