COLOMBIA 1- 0 SENEGAL: 4 Things We Learned As Mina’s Goal Sends Senegal Home Featured
29 Jun

COLOMBIA 1- 0 SENEGAL: 4 Things We Learned As Mina’s Goal Sends Senegal Home

The Teranga Lions went into the game as Africa’s only hope- expecting to be the only African side to make it out of the group stage but that dream was shattered thanks to a Yerry Mina towering header to send the West Africans packing.
Below are four things we learned in the Teranga Lions painful defeat to Los Cafeteros
Senegal out on the fair play ruling
In the end, Japan and Senegal were separated on the fair play ruling, with the former securing second spot thanks to their lower tally of yellow cards. There was nothing else to choose between the two teams after three matches in Group G, than the Fair play rule. The Teranga Lions did not do themselves any favours knowing very well that a draw could have sent them to the last 16. It is the first time a nation has ever been bounced on that tiebreaker.
Yerry Mina the hero
He may be unpopular among the Barcelona fans but Yerry Mina has put behind him, a difficult spell with the Spanish Giants to excel with his motherland. Entering the game, Jose Pekerman’s charges knew nothing other than a victory would ensure passage into the last 16 and they had it through Yerry Mina. 
The towering centre-back’s goal was his second consecutive goal in the tournament and his fifth in fourteen appearances for Los Cafeteros. 
With such consistent impressive performances, Ernesto Valvarde will surely revise his notes on the Colombian and grant him another opportunity to prove his worth.
Colombia don’t offer enough in attack
Colombia’s defensive organization was good throughout the game, making life difficult for Senegal. They had a few promising moments in attack in the first 20 minutes but failed to make good use of them. 
They did not offer much of a threat after the first quarter of the game, though, and they were unable to ask enough questions when the need arose. Los Cafeteros simply did not look comfortable when forced with the ball, and they struggled to turn possession into meaningful chances. 
This is a team built to defend stoutly and break quickly on the counter-attack but they are unable to adjust when the scoreline forced a change in approach. Jose Pekerman’s team would need to improve significantly in order to edge pass their 1/16 opponents to be in the last 8.
And Africa fails again
Since the nascence of the World Cup, only three African countries have made it to the quarter-finals much to the dismay of the watching world considering the abundance of talent the continent possess. 
With Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia representing the continent in Russia, the expectation was very high and the continent was hopeful of at least having two of her ‘sons’ in the last 8 but that wasn’t to be as all the representatives bow out of the tournament at the Group stage. 
With Africa’s consistent showing at the World Cup, one can only ask when an African country can win the coveted trophy that has eluded the continent. We can only hope!
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