Following a below-par performance in Russia, for the first time in 32 years, the World Cup last 16 will not feature an African team, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.
Japan became the first team to qualify from the World Cup group stages via fair play rankings despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland in which Akira Nishino bizarrely made six changes to an unbeaten team.
Radamel Falcao scored his first World Cup goal as Colombia revived their hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout phase with a 3-0 victory over Poland, who now cannot reach the last 16.
Senegal upset Poland with a 2-1 Group H victory in Moscow that owed plenty to poor mistakes from the European nation.
Adam Nawalka hailed the professionalism of Robert Lewandowski with the Bayern Munich striker set to spearhead Poland’s World Cup challenge.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski warned he is feeling fresh and is looking to make an impact for Poland at the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
The Fifa World Rankings have been released and Bafana Bafana has moved up one spot to 76th in the world and 15th in Africa respectively, despite their inactivity.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled his side ‘worthy winners’ following A Seleccao victory over Poland in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Xherdan Shaqiri produced a moment of magic scoring a scissor-kick during his sides 5-4 defeat on penalties against Poland in their Euro 2016 Round of 16 in Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Poland defeated Switzerland 5-4 on penalties in the Round of 16 to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 tournament in Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.