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Fifa boss ‘sad Africa is out of the World Cup’

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.

“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.

An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”

With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.

After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.

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Falcao On Target As Colombia Send Poland Crashing

Poland have been dumped out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 2-0 defeat to Colombia at the Kazan Arena on Sunday.

Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado handed Colombia their first win at the tournament.

The Polish team had earlier lost 2-1 to Senegal in their opening group game just as Colombia who also lost 2-1 to Japan.

Poland started out solidly at the back and were aggressive in their play but they cooled off after they failed to sustain the tempo midway through the first half.

Colombia took advantage of their inability to find a cutting-edge, creating chances to score with Curdrado, Falcao and Fernando Quintero all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Five minutes into the break, Mina gave Colombia the lead, heading in James Rodriguez’s delightful cross past Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Poland.

In the 70th minute, Falcao doubled his side’s lead, latching on to a sublime pass from Quintero to prod home his first goal at the World Cup.

Poland responded to the goal pyshung more men forward and switching to long ball but the were caught out in the 75th minute when James Rodriguez’s long range pass found Curdrado who calmly beat Szczesny.

Poland will face Japan in their final group game while Colombia will battle Senegal. A victory over the Senegalese team will send Colombia to the next round.

By George Addy

Lord Sugar criticised for Senegal ‘beach sellers’ tweet

Lord Sugar has been criticised for an “unhelpful and ignorant” tweet comparing Senegal’s World Cup team to sellers on the “beach in Marbella”.

A picture of the team was posted next to pictures of sunglasses and handbags.

Lord Sugar, a 71-year-old British billionaire businessman who appears on the BBC’s The Apprentice, later deleted the post and apologised, saying “my attempt at humour has backfired”:

The tweet prompted hundreds of critical responses, including from tweeters accusing him of racism:

By Socceruncle

‘Of course Senegal will win the World Cup’

It may be tears for Moroccan fans today, but we suspect the Senegalese supporters are still celebrating, if this video is anything to go by.

Fans from Dakar to Moscow could barely contain their excitement after Senegal’s victory over Poland on Tuesday.

So what do they think of their chances going forward? Watch the video below to find out…

(Spoiler alert: confidence is high…)

Police search rooms of Senegal World Cup team

BBC reporter earlier tweeted that Russian police have been searching all the Senegal players’ rooms with a police dog, “supposedly to find out why the fans are dancing so much. I kid you not.”

Spotted: A group of Senegal fans in matching outfits and body paint on their way to yesterday’s World Cup match against Poland.


Goal! Poland 0-2 Senegal

Senegal’s M’Baye Hamady Niang exploits a moment of weakness in Poland’s defence, tapping the ball past the goalkeeper into an open goal in the 61st minute.

“Poland didn’t see him, they weren’t aware of it. Out of nothing, Senegal go 2-0 up, That must be infuriating for a coach,” says Ex-England captain Terry Butcher on BBC Five Live.

“Howler. Absolute howler,” says our colleague Shamoon Hafez at BBC Sport.

“This is shocking from Poland.”

Former Chelsea and Senegal striker Demba Ba is clearly enjoying his side’s performance.

Protests over student death in Senegal

Hundreds of university students have taken to the streets of Senegal after one of them was killed by a police bullet earlier this month.

Fallou Sene, 26, died from a live bullet during a protest in Saint Louis on 15 May against the non-payment of university grants.

The monthly bursaries – which range from $25 to $50 – have now been paid.

But students in Dakar, Ziguinchor and Saint Louis called demonstrations today to press for the resignation of the higher education and finance ministers, whom they consider responsible for the poor management of the grant system.

About 400 students turned out in Dakar.