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Cisse anticipates a bright future for Senegal

Senegal v Colombia: Group H - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Senegal boss Aliou Cisse is expecting bright things from his side in the future after their 1-0 defeat to Colombia saw them being knocked out of the World Cup

The Lions of Teranga got off to a good start in the match at the Samara Arena but failed to find the back of the net from their two shots on target as Colombia improved in the second-half with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina heading in the winning goal from a corner.

Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing desperately for an equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina with José Pékerman’s side escaping with a 1-0 win and top spot in Group H.

Despite finishing level with second place Japan on both points and goal difference, Senegal were made to pay a high price for Cheikh N’Doye’s and Youssouf Sabaly’s injury-time bookings in their 2-2 draw with the Blue Samurai in their last match with the Japanese going through due to having had less yellow cards.

But Cisse remains optimistic for the future of his side.

“I feel we could have scored in the first half and I think we controlled the match quite well,” said the 42-year-old, as stated on BT Sport.

“I’m just disappointed for my team, for this generation and for these players who fight every single day for our country.

“I will continue to encourage them and to be with them because I think we can expect many more good things from them in the future.”

Senegal’s elimination means that no African team has progressed from the initial group stage of the competition for the first time since 1982.