Both Senegal and Columbia are known for their quick firing offense so the game today was very fast paced. Senegal played exactly how they have during the entire group stage, came out very strong and attacked the goal during the first half, but ran out of steam in the second. With Senegal’s fitness being an issue near the end of the second half, Columbia saw more chances to score. When award a corner in the 74thminute, Columbia’s Juan Quintero crossed the to Yerry Mina who headed the ball into the high center of the net to put Columbia ahead by one. Since Senegal needed a tie to continue, they are leaving Russia and Columbia will play again on Tuesday.
Poland stepped into this game knowing this would be their last game in the 2018 World Cup, but that did not stop them from coming together and beating Japan today. Japan’s coach, Akira Nishino, made six changes to his lineup throughout the game yet no matter how hard they tried they could not find their fluency. Poland began attacking the goal intensely and finally got one in the 59thminute when given a free kick in the attacking half. Rafal Kurzawa received the ball off a set piece and crossed it to Jan Bednarek who finshed the shot into the bottom right corner for Poland to win the game. Despite Japan taking a loss, Columbia beating Senegal saved Japan from elimination and they will continue into the knockout round.
The current Group H standings are the exact opposite of those teams’ current world rankings.
1.🇯🇵 Japan (ranked 61st)
2.🇸🇳 Senegal (27th)
3.🇨🇴 Colombia (16th)
4.🇵🇱 Poland (8th)
— Chris Slegg (@ChrisSlegg) June 24, 2018
As Panama and Tunisia head into their last game of the world cup both teams tried to come out of group play with at least one win. Own goals have been a common trend in this world cup and it continued today when Tunisia’s Yassine Meriah scored an own goal in the 33rdminute, putting Panama up by one. After this defensive error, Tunisia regrouped to score just six minutes into the second half when Wahbi Khazri crossed the ball to Fakhreddine Ben Youssef finished into the bottom left corner of the net to tie the game. Tunisia kept attacking the goal and Wahbi Khazri crushed the ball into the high center of the goal in the 66thminute of the game which put Tunisia ahead by one and finished the game 2-1.
With England and Belgium tied points for first place in group G, it was no surprise that each team was attacking the goal vigorously. Both teams had very close chances to score in the first half, yet no one could get the ball behind the net leaving the score tied nil-nil going into the second half. When the second half began, Belgium took more control in possession which is what helped them score an early goal just six minutes into the half. Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj when he tapped the ball to his left foot and skillfully curved the ball into the top right corner. This goal carried Belgium through the rest of the game as they finished first in their group to face Japan on Monday.
Januzaj creates some separation and curls it beautifully to put Belgium up 1-0 on England and give them the lead in the Group G standings! pic.twitter.com/TrwUnuxnxD
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 28, 2018