10 things to know about crucial Senegal-Colombia World Cup Clash

Senegal are the last African side who can make it to the knockout stage of the Fifa World Cup in Russia if they beat or draw against Colombia on Thursday, 28 June (5pm EAT).

The other African sides, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia, have all been eliminated from the tournament.

The Teranga Lions, in second place in Group H, have four points and have beaten Poland (no points) before drawing with Japan (4 points) .

Colombia, in third place, have three points.

Senegal are appearing at the World Cup for only the second time, having reached the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002.

Here are 10 facts about the two sides ahead of the do-or-die match:

1. Colombia and Senegal have only played against each other once. That was a friendly in Buenos Aires ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which ended in a 2-2 draw.

2. The Senegalese have not kept a clean sheet since the 2002 World Cup match when they beat France.

3. Senegal are unbeaten in the 15 matches Sadio Mane has scored in.

4. Colombia’s first World Cup match against African opposition was a 2-1 loss to Cameroon in extra time in 1990. Since then, they’ve beaten Tunisia (in 1998) and Ivory Coast (in 2014).

5. Colombia have scored four goals from seven shots on target at the 2018 World Cup, including three from four against Poland.

6. Colombia’s 3-0 win against the Poles equalled their biggest win at the World Cup (in 2014 they beat Greece 3-0 and Japan 4-1).

7. Senegal are ranked 27 globally by Fifa.

8. Colombia are ranked 16 globally by Fifa, 11 places above Senegal.

9. Senegal Coach Aliou Cisse was captain of the Senegal side that made history at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in their debut appearance. He has also impressed as coach since taking charge in 2015 and led his team unbeaten through Group D in the African qualifiers.

10. Senegal’s Sadio Mane became the most expensive African player in history when he moved to Liverpool for £34 million in 2016.

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