The final round of Group H games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup kick-off with Colombia taking on Senegal at the Samara Arena on 28th June. The match could well be a decider for the round of 16 as the two sides will be up with their best to keep themselves alive in the tournament. With Poland and Japan being the other two sides in Group H, both Senegal and Colombia would be fancying their chances of making it through to the round of 16. While Colombia is much stronger than Senegal on paper, Senegal does have the flair to bring up an upset on any given day. Sadio Mane has been at the helm of Senegal’s success and will play a key role for them against Colombia as well. The Colombian will remain bolted to James Rodriguez, the backbone of their midfield. The captain’s armband is most likely going to rest on Radamel Falcao’s arms as he is expected to make his last appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
Games of such high pressure add one more aspect to every team’s strength, their fan support. Come 28th June, and both sides will be heavily relying on their fans bases for that edge over their opponents. Be it in the stadium or back home on the TV sets, fans too will be giving it their everything to support their side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With less than 20 days to go, here is every single detail you need to know about the matchup between Senegal and Colombia.
Teams: Senegal vs Colombia
Date: June 28, 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara (Russia)
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018
Start Time: 18:00 (UTC/GMT+4, local time)
Finding the right streaming link has always been a tough ask for all the football fans. However, with the growing reliance of football fans on the Internet and mobile services, the broadcasting companies have been forced to make online streaming a part of their coverage. The match between Senegal and Columbia too will be streamed online on the official websites of all the broadcasters, which implies that DirecTV will be the place to be for the Columbian supporters and beIN Sports for the Senegalese. Elsewhere, Sony LIV, FOX Sports, Canal+, Mediaset, ITV, BBC, SuperSport, Sky, Optus Sports, Kwese Sports, and Movistar will all be streaming the match on their respective websites basis their geographical limits. While some will provide the stream at no cost, a large chunk of broadcasters will ask you to pay for the service.
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Here are matches to follow:
Colombia vs Japan on 19th June 2018
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia game on 20th June 2018
Brazil will play their final round game on 27th June 2018 against Serbia – Read more details about the match here.
The final few group stage games in every group will be played simultaneously. The Group H game between Senegal and Colombia will kick-off at 18:00 local time on 28th June 2018, alongside Japan vs Poland, at the Samara Arena. It will be final group stage game at this venue which will host another two games; a round of 16 matches on July 2 and a quarter-final on July 7. The 44,918 capacity stadium will serve as the home side for Russian Football National League side, FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, replacing the Metallurg Stadium post the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The number of big names surely make Colombia look like the stronger side. However, Senegal’s key players, Sadio Mane, Cheikhaou Kouyate, and Kalidou Koulibaly, will make the challenge much tougher for the Colombians. Here is how the two sides may occupy the field come 28th June.
Colombia Probable XI
Ospina (GK); Zapata, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Arias; James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Sanchez; Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel
Senegal Probable XI
N’Diaye (GK); Mbodji, Gassama, Souaré, Koulibaly; Kouyate, Ndiaye, N’Doyo; Mane, Diouf, Diédhiou
The two sides played just one game against each other back in 2014. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
FIFA have handed over the broadcasting rights of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in almost every country now, and each of them has peaked their preparations for the mega event with just a few days left for the curtains to be drawn off. In Colombia, the DirecTV will be the most popular name telecasting the national side’s matches and will be ready with the coverage of Senegal vs Colombia as well. In Senegal, the match will be broadcasted on beIN Sports, the channel that will telecast the game all across the MENA countries along with France. The European set of fans will see their country’s big names bringing the coverage to their TV sets.
Mediaset in Italy and Spain, BBC and ITV in the UK, RTE in Ireland, and RUV in Iceland. In the American continent, FOX Sports will be telecast the match on its primary channel with DirecTV covering up for it in the Caribbean. In Asian Subcontinent, Sony SIX will be the channel for all football fans. Sky Pacific in the Oceanic countries, Canal+, Kwese Sports, and SuperSport in the core African countries, and Optus Sports in Australia will also be telecasting the match.
United Kingdom: BBC One
United States: FOX Network
Colombia: Caracol TV; RCN
Canada: TSN 1;3;4;5
Colombia has had some seriously good results going their way in the recently concluded friendlies. Senegal, on the other hand, has seen an up and down graph when it comes to their performances. They are not the strongest challenge Colombia are going to face, but for sure they are strong enough to give Columbia a run for their money. Both sides rely on their front line more though Colombia boasts of a much stronger defence. The key battle will be between Sadio Mane and James Rodriguez ultimately, the two names that will play the part of being the match winner. Keeping every single strength and weakness in mind, our final prediction calls it Columbia 3-2 Senegal.