Colombia's James Rodriguez injured during Senegal World Cup game

Kristopher Nichols
June 28, 2018

Allowing a lead to twice slip from their grasp in their last World Cup game could come back to haunt Senegal when they face Colombia in a decisive Group H clash in Samara on Thursday.

However, Senegal manager Aliou Cisse was not happy with his defence for conceding "avoidable goals" in the 2-2 draw with Japan, per Reuters (h/t the Japan Times).

The Lions of Teranga have faced South American opposition only once in the tournament's history: a 3-3 draw with Uruguay in the 2002 showpiece. Japan, Senegal and Colombia can all go through, while Poland have already been knocked out.

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has urged his team to go for the win against Poland even though a draw will be enough to progress, per Perform (h/t AS).

Click through the gallery above to see how Colombia will start the match on Thursday! It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal.

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If there was something of a negative vibe around Senegal, Colombia are going in the opposite direction. "We're aware that we will have to give everything to qualify", Ndiaye said. Should Senegal lose and Japan are thrashed that would also open the way for an African representative in the last 16 to join the the 10 from Europe.

On the pitch, the team have real quality throughout their side, with stars such as Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly in defence, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Liverpool's Sadio Mane in attack.

Colombia have been quite clinical in front of goal in Russian Federation so far, having scored four goals out of their seven shots on target, including the three strikes that found the back of the net against Poland.

James Rodriguez departed Colombia's World Cup game against Senegal through injury.

Who wins Senegal-Colombia? And where does all the value lie? They returned to form in style on Sunday evening and with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez hitting their straps that should prove to be the difference.

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