Coverage of Group H matches during the 2018
World Cup Finals in Russia between
Host Cities - Visit Russia.
Group H Games
Tuesday, 19th June
Colombia were down to ten men within three minutes; after Carlos Sanchez
was dismissed for deliberate handball.
Shinji Kagawa then put Japan ahead from the spot.
Six minutes before half-time, Juan Quintero levelled for Colombia from a
Colombia 1 -
Japan made good use of their man advantage
and it was little surprise when they restored their lead through Yuya
Osako's 73rd minute header.
in Moscow Spartak
It took a while coming, with neither team willing to
take a risk and both playing somewhat predictable; although Senegal did
look a little racy with Mbaye Niang.
Lukasz Piszczek was aware of Niang's threat
and tried to pull him down; but the ball had already been released down
the left to Sadio Mane and squared to Idrissa Gueye. As Michal Pazdan
threw himself towards the ball, Gueye shot across the face of the goal
and was lucky that Thiago Cionek was standing in the middle, to deflect
the ball past Wojciech Szczesny.
Poland 0 -
A ridiculous back-pass, on the hour, saw
Szczesny run half way up the pitch to try and clear it. Niang, on from
the sideline, beat him to it and ran the ball into an empty net.
VAR didn't give Senegal a penalty five minutes from
Two minutes later, Grzegorz Krychowiak
headed Poland back into the game; from a Kamil Grosicki free-kick. Great
As Poland pushed in search of an equaliser, Khadim
Ndiaye made a vital punched clearance to keep them out, just before
the final whistle.
Sunday, 24th June
Japan vs Senegal
in Ekaterinburg (2:2)
Liverpool's Sadio Mane put Senegal ahead in
the twelfth minute, knocking in the loose ball with his knee from Eiji Kawashima's low
double punch block.
Even though they weren't really in the game,
Japan pulled one back eleven minutes before half-time; Takashi Inui
striking low inside the right post, after a fine lay off on the left by
Half-time: Japan 1 - Senegal 1
Japan came close to taking the lead on the hour, as
the ball ran across the face of the Senegal goal; but Yuya Osako
couldn't get on the end of it.
Inui almost had a second, a few minutes late; his
shotr flying off the top of the crossbar.
Twenty minutes from time, Sadio Mane flicked
the ball over a defender on the left, the ball was pulled back across
the Japan goal by Youssouf Sabaly. Niang flicked a backheel away from
goal for Moussa
Wague to run in to the box and slam the ball into the back of the net.
Dreadful defending by Senegal saw substitute
Keisuke Honda all alone in the middle to level the score for Japan.
Poland vs Colombia
A comfortable win over Poland for Colombia.
Yerry Mina got Colombia off the mark, just before
Radamel Falcao scored his first ever World Cup
Finals goal in the 70th minute and Juan Cuadrado rounded off the
masterclass in the 75th.
Thursday, 28th June
Poland are out and their
goal in the second-half, from a free-kick,
could take Japan with them; if Senegal and
Colombia remained scoreless in Samara.
Then Colombia scored and Japan had to wait for the
result in the other game, where Senegal were going out on fair play.
The final fifteen minutes of the match was a farce
and it could have all gone sour had Senegal scored an equaliser.
VAR was called on in the
17th minute and the referee had to righly
overturn his Senegal penalty decision; after
closely watching the great recovery tackle
from the heel of Colombia's Davinson Sanchez on Sadio
Colombia came close with
an early free-kick, otherwise it was Senegal
who looked the most dangerous in the first
No goals in Volgograd
either, so if things stay as they are
Colombia would be out.
Senegal 0 -
Poland's goal against
Japan, just before the hour in Volgograd,
threw a lifeline for the South Americans.
The tables turned in the
74th minute when Colombia took matters into
their own hands to possibly eliminate
Senegal and bring Japan back into the
picture; who are on fewer yellow cards.
Headed in by Yerry Mina with real
And if we were to get
really carried away and England win their
group; then they would face Japan in the
But it's not over yet.
Senegal need to score if they want to stay
in the tournament. A draw will be enough for
them; no matter what Japan do, or don't do.
Or Poland could score a second.
Alas, no team from Africa made it out of the Group
Monday, 2nd July
Belgium vs Japan
Japan were in the driving seat for much of the game
but were out done by a Belgium counter attack masterclass in stoppage
Tuesday, 3rd July
Colombia vs England
Moscow Spartak (1:1aet 3:4pens)
Colombia equalised in the last minute of stoppage
time but lost out in the penalty shootout.
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