However, Senegal manager Aliou Cisse was not happy with his defence for conceding "avoidable goals" in the 2-2 draw with Japan, per Reuters (h/t the Japan Times). All eyes will now be on the other group match between Poland and Colombia - defeat for either side will be the end of their tournament in Russian Federation.
Senegal will need to clean up their defensive play after allowing a pair of goals to Japan, while Colombia is coming off a confidence-boosting 3-0 demolition of Poland, according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association website. We have four points after two games but we haven't accomplished anything yet, says Japan captain, Makoto Hasebe.
Colombia might control the run of play and create more chances, but Senegal will be risky on the counter-attack. It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal.
Click through the gallery above to see how Colombia will start the match on Thursday! "We're aware that we will have to give everything to qualify", Ndiaye said.
But the midfielder, one of the stars of the World Cup four years ago, when Colombia marched to the quarter-finals, returned against the poor Poles with an impressive performance. "I think the best team on the pitch was Japan, I have to be honest". "But group matches are played over three stages so we will hope for the best for the game against Colombia".
Sadio Mane found the net against Japan, the 15th match he'd scored in for Senegal - they are yet to lose any of those (W9 D6). They returned to form in style on Sunday evening and with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez hitting their straps that should prove to be the difference.
But Pekerman said Colombia will not be aiming for anything less than a win.
Should Colombia be victorious, Japan will need to lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress.