Gueye heading home as Senegal are out of the World Cup

Thursday, 28 June, 2018 16comments  |  Jump to most recent
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Idrissa Gueye's World Cup adventure is over after Senegal were eliminated at the group phase by the finest of margins.

The Lions of Teranga came into the Group H decider needing a draw to advance but lost 1-0 to Colombia, Yerry Mina's second-half header proving to be the difference.

Japan were in the same boat as Senegal and they also lost by a single goal to Poland who were already out of contention but with goal difference, goals scored and the head-to-head match-up all level, it was the Japanese who qualified on Fifa's fair play ruling.

It means that Colombia move on to the knockout stage as group winners and Japan sneak through as runners-up.

Gueye, meanwhile, will eventually head back to Finch Farm along with Gylfi Sigurdsson to begin pre-season preparations with Everton.  

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Robert Leigh
1 Posted 28/06/2018 at 18:14:55
Selfishly, just glad he’s in one piece and should be ready for August.
Peter Anthony
2 Posted 28/06/2018 at 18:28:51
Unlucky Gana but well played too.
Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 28/06/2018 at 19:45:27
He got one of the fatal yellow cards.

Condolences to him but should be proud of a fine performance.

Jack Convery
4 Posted 28/06/2018 at 20:03:45
Rest and recharge!
Everton Rodrigues Gonçalves
5 Posted 28/06/2018 at 21:39:17
In today's game, he was anchored on the post during the Colombian goal, he was just watching thing happens. it was ridiculous. Inconvenient.


Chris James
6 Posted 28/06/2018 at 21:40:07
Not at all devastated to have him back in one piece.

Pickford can stay out a little longer of course – goalkeepers are different and all that.

Wesley Coles
8 Posted 28/06/2018 at 22:37:04
Gana turned into Nigel Worthington momentarily for their goal. Let's hope he's not on post duties for us!
Denver Daniels
9 Posted 29/06/2018 at 00:30:52
That's a bit harsh, Wesley. The downward header bounced before the line. Not much he could do about that.
Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 29/06/2018 at 04:43:24
Too bad. I was pulling for Senegal. Fair play tiebreaker's a tough pill to swallow, not that I necessarily have a better alternative.
Pete Gunby
11 Posted 29/06/2018 at 06:16:41
Gana played well. He was all over the field and broke up the Colombian midfield. Glad he’s ours.
David Hayes
12 Posted 29/06/2018 at 07:15:04
Did us proud, worked tirelessly and effectively. Still don't know how he appears all over the pitch at the same time without seeming to move, magical. Doesn't get the credit he deserves.

RS Danny Murphy constantly wanking on about Sade Mane even when he balloned a free kick and fell over doing it and getting fouled he does that so well, pathetic RS Murphy.

Niall McIlhone
13 Posted 29/06/2018 at 08:31:18
Gana showed up well in all the games, and it could be argued that Senegal would have been a greater threat to England than Colombia had they not been edged out. Senegal are a dynamic team, athletic and well balanced, and Gana is central to it.

I only wish he had more attacking prowess, he certainly has the engine to get from box to box, but he gets a nose bleed when he gets near the opposition box. It will be interesting to see how Marco Silva uses Gana; we saw him in the World Cup being given a bit more freedom to break up play in the opposition half.

Steavey Buckley
14 Posted 29/06/2018 at 13:02:42
Senegal made a big mistake not including Niasse in their squad, as they only had Mane as an attacking threat.
Liam Reilly
15 Posted 29/06/2018 at 13:37:19
The real irony here is that Japan went through on fair play rules with a lower number of cards but how they and Poland played out the last half-hour of that game was anything but fair!

Both teams played out the game with no intention or desire to get forward and change the result; so it's a real shame Senegal couldn't get the goal.

Still can't see Japan getting anything other than a damn good thrashing at Belgium's hands on Monday night so it's just a short stay of execution.

Michael Nisbet
16 Posted 29/06/2018 at 14:17:14
Surely there are many factors which could be taken before fair play to decide the standing in a group. Some suggestions:

Shots on target
Time spent in attacking third
Chances created

Any of these would be fairer than the discipline one, and would have made for more interesting games. I feel very sorry for Senegal who I feel deserved their place in the next round more than Japan did. (Mainly because of how the Japan v Poland game ended up, to be fair.)

James Power
17 Posted 29/06/2018 at 20:05:45
I'm a big fan of his but, come on, he leant against the post with his right hand on his hip. At the time I thought “Who the fuck is that?” Then realised it was Gana.

I know he played well but he was hardly in the ‘ready' position. He may or may not have got to, I think, but he switched off at the wrong time.

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