Senegal have all but qualified for the knockout stage of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup being staged in Poland after recording their second group win at the Lublin Stadium on Sunday.
The Young Teranga Lions beat Colombia 2-0 in their second Group A match to make it two out of two wins having beaten Tahiti in 3-0 in their opening game on May 23.
With six points from the two games, Senegal lead in Group A and draw against Poland in the final group game on May 29, will be enough to see them safely through to the knockout stage.
After their thrilling performance against Tahiti, Senegal needed two penalties one in each half to secure the points needed to qualify for the knockout stage.
Niane converted the spot kick after be was brought down in the Colombia box
Ibrahima Niane converted the penalty on the 34th minute after he was fouled in the box by Colombia’s Anderson Arroyo and the forward made no mistake from the spot – firing past Kevin Mier and registering his first goal of Poland 2019.
Colombia pressed in the second half in search of an equaliser but Senegal doubled their lead on 85 minutes – another goal coming from the penalty spot. Ousseynou Niang was brought down by Andres Reyes and Dion Lopy converted the resultant spot-kick to seal the deal for the African side.
In the other group game, hosts, Poland recovered from their stuttering start to win their second game 5-0 against Tahiti to move to second place behind Senegal in the group A standings.
Poland lost the opening game to Colombia 0-2 much to the disappointment of their teeming home fans.
However, they had something to cheer about when they beat Tahiti 5-0 in their second game on Sunday, to secure their first three points from the two games.
While Senegal have secured their place in next stage of the competition, Poland will have all to play for in their final group game. The hosts play Senegal in taht game.
Colombia having lost the second game, will fight to qualify when they play Tahiti also in the final group game on Wednesday, May 29.
Match Day results
Poland 5, Tahiti 0
Senegal 2, Colombia 0
Match Day Three
Date: May 29
Poland v Senegal
Tahiti v Colombia