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Senegal aiming to take next step

By Rory Dollard

Senegal take on Colombia today (3pm) to see who remains in the World Cup.

Currently, Senegal sit in second with four points, while Colombia are third with three.

Group H is still wide open and dark horses Japan currently lead the group.

Senegal are coming off a 2-2 draw with the Japanese, after Keisuke Honda equalised late on.

Despite the odds, Senegal and Colombia can both go through to the last-16, however only if Poland beat Japan and this fixture ends as a stalemate.

It's expected that Japan will secure at least a point against sub-par Poland and will guarantee a spot in the knockouts.

Only a win for Colombia will confirm qualification to the next round. Radamel Falcao scored his maiden World Cup goal in Colombia's 3-0 victory over Poland, and he will look to carry that momentum forward and bag a few more.

James Rodriguez and Wilmar Barrios are one booking away from a ban, as are five Senegalese players.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said: "There are so many situations that can make or break a team. This is a World Cup. We have to forget any judgments we might have. When I choose the line-up, I do it taking account of the whole context."

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