Colombia ready for ‘full-on, to-the-death’ England match

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Jeers rained down on Japan in Volgograd as they spent most of the second half controlling the ball in their own half as they knew the results would see them through as group runners-up at the expense of Senegal, who lost out because of the disciplinary record tiebreaker.

Rodriguez, 2014's Golden Boot victor, missed his side's group opener against Japan but played an instrumental role in the 3-0 win over Poland, providing two assists in a superb attacking display.

England have been handed a boost ahead of their World Cup last sixteen tie against Colombia with the news that the South American sides star player, James Rodriguez, is struggling to be fit for the match in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

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Samara: Senegal's commitment to producing winning World Cup performances ultimately costly them dear, said coach Aliou Cisse, as they became the first side in tournament history to be eliminated by the fair play regulations.

"I want to highlight that all my players played well and at a high level", Pekerman said.

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland on Thursday but survived to become the only Asian side to qualify for last 16 of the World Cup in Russian Federation - and the first team ever to progress thanks to FIFA's new disciplinary tie-breaker rule.

"I'm just disappointed for my team, for this generation and for these players who fight every single day for our country." said Cisse.


Another fan Ken Msonthi said: "Senegal should maintain that team and their coach Alou Cissie".

European champions Portugal are there too, and if Cristiano Ronaldo's side beat Uruguay in what could be a real battle of attrition in Sochi, he might find himself up against Messi's Argentina in the last eight. It was back to back achievement for Renard and when Morocco roped him in, all eyes were on him. We have a number of rules which are established in the regulations and we have to expect that.

To which someone alluded that the Atlas Lions will definitely vent their frustrations of the World Cup on the Flames.

"What if we conceded another goal and it was 0-2?" he said.


The failure of five nations to qualify from the group stage triggered instant retrospection.

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