Coverage of Group H matches during the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia between Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal.
2018 World Cup Finals - Group H - Fixtures and Results
Colombia vs Japan in Saransk (1:2)
Colombia were down to ten men within three minutes; after Carlos Sanchez was dismissed for deliberate handball.
Half-time: Colombia 1 - Japan 1
Poland vs Senegal in Moscow Spartak (1:2)
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.
Half-time: Poland 0 - Senegal 1
VAR didn't give Senegal a penalty five minutes from time.
As Poland pushed in search of an equaliser, Khadim Ndiaye made a vital punched clearance to keep them out, just before the final whistle.
Japan vs Senegal in Ekaterinburg (2:2)
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.
Poland vs Colombia in Kazan (0:3)
A comfortable win over Poland for Colombia.
Yerry Mina got Colombia off the mark, just before the break.
Radamel Falcao scored his first ever World Cup Finals goal in the 70th minute and Juan Cuadrado rounded off the masterclass in the 75th.
Japan vs Poland in Volgograd (0:1)
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.
Senegal vs Colombia in Samara (0:1)
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 Mane.
Colombia came close with an early free-kick, otherwise it was Senegal who looked the most dangerous in the first forty-five minutes.
No goals in Volgograd either, so if things stay as they are Colombia would be out.
Half-time: Senegal 0 - Colombia 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 conviction.
And if we were to get really carried away and England win their group; then they would face Japan in the Second Round.
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 Stage.
Second Round - Round of 16
Japan were in the driving seat for much of the game but were out done by a Belgium counter attack masterclass in stoppage time.
Colombia equalised in the last minute of stoppage time but lost out in the penalty shootout.
World Cup Finals
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Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.
W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.
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South Africa 2010:
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Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.
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When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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