There will be no African representative in the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup after Senegal lost 0-1 to Colombia on Thursday (June 28) and exited on the fair play tiebreaker.
Japan go through in the Africans' stead and while the Samurai Blue will draw criticism for their lackdaisical play the same was true for Senegal who paid the price for lacking any sense of urgency for 75 minutes. Colombia lost James Rodriguez after half an hour but saw defender Yerry Mina step up with a thumping header for the game's only goal.
Here's the lowdown for the game:
1. THE GOALS
Senegal 0 Colombia 1 (Mina 74th)
2. THE WOW MOMENT
This game saw nearly thrice the number of fouls (30) as shots (11), which does not bode well for its Catch-Up TV prospects. Let's move on.
3. THE TALKING POINT
James Rodriguez never looked right from the get go and on hindsight his enforced substitution in the 30th minute was only a matter of time. Without the Bayern Munich man, Colombia were largely toothless, lacking inspiration or penetration in the final third. They will need him back for the knockout rounds but the severity of his injury is as yet unknown.
4. THE STAR
Yerry Mina. The Barcelona defender is now his country's top scorer at this World Cup with two goals. More importantly, he came through for Los Cafeteros when they most needed it.
5. WHAT THE RESULT MEANS
Colombia's win means they top Group H with six points. They will face either England or Belgium in the next round, with Sweden or Switzerland to come in the quarter-finals. Senegal are going home having picked up more yellow cards than Japan, which sounds silly even in writing but there you have it.