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Poland & Senegal Headline Group H

Poland & Senegal Headline Group H

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 19, 2018 10:33 AM @KeeganKruger

In our final 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage preview, we feature Group H, in which Poland and Senegal's final 23-man squads made the headlines.

Click through the gallery to see three Poland and three Senegal stars one might want to keep a close eye on during this World Cup.

Group H kicks off on Tuesday, with Colombia taking on Japan at 14:00, and Poland and Senegal set to lock horns at 17:00.

Poland were impressive at the 2016 European Championship, and were unlucky to lose on penalties to eventual winners Portugal in the quarter-finals. The Poles have travelled to Russia with a similar squad to their Euro campaign, and will be relying on Robert Lewandowski to fire them as far as possible. 

Four years ago, Colombia were one of the standout performers at the 2014 World Cup, with James Rodriguez in particular making a name for himself, and this time around many feel they could be a dark horse in Russia.

Senegal shocked the world by beating world champions France in the inaugural match of the tournament 16 years ago, before reaching the quarter-finals, and many feel the Lions of Teranga are Africa's best hope of making it to the knockout stage.

First round of fixtures:

19 June, 14:00 – Colombia vs Japan, Mordovia Arena

19 June, 17:00 – Poland vs Senegal, Spartak Stadium

Full squad listings:

Colombia

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)

Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Johan Mojica (Girona), Yerry Mina (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton Hove & Albion), James Rodriguez (Bayern Múnich), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Mateus Uribe (América), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Mónaco), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Luis Fernando Muriel (Sevilla)

Japan

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo (both Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda (both Kashima Antlers)

Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami (both Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)

Poland

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Łukasz Fabiański (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michał Pazdan (Legia Warsaw)

Midfielders: Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Góralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafał Kurzawa (Górnik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Sławomir Peszko (Lechia Gdańsk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Łukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht)

Senegal

Goalkeepers: Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya AC), Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes), Alfred Gomis (Torino)

Defenders: Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Moussa Wague (Eupen), Saliou Ciss (Angers), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest), Salif Sane (Hannover 96)

Midfielders: Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke City), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Cheikh N'Doye (Birmingham City), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Diao Balde Keita (Monaco), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Diafra Sakho (Rennes), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Mbaye Niang (AC Milan)

Which two teams do you think will advance from Group H? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Thagalekgwara Joined: 23 Jan 2018
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Thagalekgwara Jun 19, 2018 01:10 PM
No doubt...Poland & Cowlombia..African teams..nxa..jst adding numbers..jerrrr!
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jun 19, 2018 01:07 PM
P0land will this game,Senegal is just 0verated.
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Sicinile bucz Jun 19, 2018 12:21 PM
Poland 1-1 Senegal

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