Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic

Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic

Information 26 Jun 2018, 16:40 IST


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SAMARA, Russia (AP) — As Senegal’s new era pursues its personal World Cup success, coach Aliou Cisse stated there’s a lot to work on — and he ought to know.

Senegal’s final look within the World Cup got here in 2002, when the group reached the quarterfinals. Cisse was the captain of that squad.

Now with Cisse as coach, the Lions of Teranga will play their last group stage match towards Colombia on Thursday in Samara with a spot within the knockout spherical at stake.

“We have to enhance the influence. We have to be extra aggressive on the ball,” Cisse stated. “At this degree it goes very quick. We have to have extra focus. We have to be extra rigorous.”

Japan and Senegal lead Group H with 4 factors apiece. Colombia has three and will advance if it beats Senegal, and each may undergo with a draw if Japan loses. Poland has been eradicated.

The highest two finishers within the group will go on to play opponents from Group G — both England or Belgium. These groups play Thursday for the highest spot of their group.

Senegal opened the event in Russia with a 2-1 victory over Poland and adopted that with a disappointing 2-2 draw towards Japan.

“We weren’t superb, frankly,” Cisse stated. “I believe the perfect group on the pitch was Japan, I’ve to be trustworthy.”

Senegal, making its second World Cup look, shocked the sphere in 2002 by beating defending champion France within the event opener. Senegal superior to the quarterfinals earlier than falling to Turkey.

Colombia made the quarterfinals 4 years in the past in Brazil, falling to the hosts 2-1. It was the furthest the nation had superior in soccer’s premier event.

After a 2-1 loss to Japan in its opener in Russia, Colombia appeared as if it had regained its Brazilian kind with a Three-Zero victory over Poland. James Rodriguez, the Bayern Munich star who was a substitute within the group’s opener due to a calf harm, arrange two objectives towards Poland.

Rodriguez has six objectives and 4 assists in seven World Cup video games, and lots of are eagerly awaiting his first objective in Russia.

Coach Jose Peckerman was taking an analogous strategy to Cisse heading into the ultimate group match.

“We have to play at a rare degree to beat a troublesome group,” he stated. “Mentally, we’re in a very good place, however we have to proceed to enhance, as a result of we’re formidable, and we hope to proceed on this World Cup.”


Pekerman devoted the group’s victory over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who was the goal of a demise risk after receiving a crimson card within the opener towards Japan.

Sanchez may return to the group for the group finale as Colombian authorities examine the risk, which referenced the homicide of Colombian defender Andres Escobar following an own-goal on the 1994 World Cup.

“We play with loads of accountability and loads of dedication and so forth, however this stuff should not be stated calmly. And whether or not it is confirmed or not, that is one thing that may be very painful,” Pekerman stated.


Senegal has grabbed consideration on the World Cup for a joyful warmup routine that appears extra like a dance than a exercise. The group’s synchronized strikes embrace a little bit of chanting earlier than the gamers huddle collectively in laughter. A brief video of the routine has drawn greater than one million views on Twitter.


Colombia suffered a blow when midfielder Abel Aguilar was injured and brought off the sphere on a stretcher within the first half towards Poland. Mateus Uribe took his place within the match.

The group stated Monday that Aguilar would endure extra exams to find out the extent of the left adductor harm.


The groups have met only one earlier than, in a 2014 pleasant in Buenos Aires. It resulted in a 2-2 draw.

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