How do Colombia qualify for last 16? Japan, Senegal

James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao- Colombia

James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao- Colombia

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.

Should Colombia be victorious, Japan will need to lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress.

It was an emphatic reaffirmation of their potential after 10-man Colombia, quarter-finalists in Brazil four years ago, had suffered an upset defeat in their opening game to Japan.

Senegal's competitive edge increased despite the setback, Keita Balde and Ismaila Sarr taking aim as Mane's pace repeatedly threatened, and a second-best Colombia were then dealt an injury blow when Rodriguez was forced off (30), thumping the turf as he made way for Luis Muriel.

With its game against Colombia looking destined for a draw and Poland beating Japan, Senegal was set to qualify for the last 16 as Group H victor.

Japan and Senegal were even on points, goal difference, goals scored, and they tied in their head-to-head meeting.

Senegal's Sadio Mane in action with Colombia's Juan Cuadrado.

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Colombia's creativity is often directly linked to their star midfielder James Rodriguez, who was the standout performer at the 2014 World Cup.

However, after consultation with the video assistant referee, referee Milorad Mazic deemed Sanchez to have touched the ball and the decision was reversed.

Rodriguez returned to the team bench in the second half, in time to see Mina's header that gave Colombia the lead.

Carlos Sanchez returned to Los Cafeteros after sitting a one-match suspension of a red card just three minutes into the opener.

But from a precarious position, Mina propelled Colombia to the top of the group when he rose highest at a corner as Senegal reshuffled following a substitution. It referenced the murder of Colombian defender Andres Escobar following an own-goal at the 1994 World Cup.

Group H has featured some of the most surprising and exciting football of the 2018 World Cup thus far.

This is the first time since 1982 that no African teams have advanced from the first round.

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