Wednesday, January 20, 2021

GROUP H |Senegal vs Colombia – World Cup Preview

Group H remains tight as 3 teams can still make it through. Both of these teams still able to qualify for the knockout stages. Both teams have looked strong so far and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top of Group H. 

Group H: Senegal

Senegal only need 1 point to qualify from the group after a win against Poland and a draw against Japan. The team has looked strong in both games they have played so far. Senegal may go for a changed team as 5 of the Senegalese players are one yellow card away from missing the next stage of the tournament.

Senegal enter the game knowing that they probably have done enough to see them through. However, they will have to be careful against a confident Colombia side. They will also be looking to improve defensively as they have not recorded a clean sheet since their first game at the 2002 World Cup.

The team will have to depend on their talisman forward Sadio Mané to perform well if they are to go through to the next round. The Liverpool winger has looked more comfortable as the tournament has gone on, scoring a goal against Japan.

 

Group H: Colombia

Colombia come into this game off the back of one of the most dominant performances we’ve seen in this World Cup. Their 3-0 win against Poland looked more like the Colombia which we got used to at the 2014 World Cup. James Rodriguez has not yet scored at this World Cup but his contributions in the match against Poland were invaluable.

He has 6 goals and 4 assists in the World Cup games he has played in so far. Colombia know they need a win in order to see them through to the knockout stages. A draw may be enough for the South American nation to qualify, provided Japan lose to Poland. The team has shown a lot of promise so far and will be looking to take their positive momentum into the next round.

James Rodriguez will have to be at his best again to help see Colombia through to the Last 16
Source: Reuters/John Sibley

Senegal will play Colombia at 3:00pm GMT at the Samara Stadium in Samara, Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

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