As dreaded, Senegal failed to carry off Colombia of their final group recreation on Thursday and had been consequently knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, confirming the elimination of all 5 African representatives.
This flip of occasions ranks because the worst efficiency for the continent because the 1982 finals in Spain.
Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia had been already eradicated, and Senegal joined them after it turned the primary crew in soccer historical past to eradicated by truthful play factors. Senegal which was tied with Japan on 4 factors, had the identical aim distinction and had been edged out by the Asians as a result of that they had two extra yellow playing cards.
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In each event because the 1986 finals in Mexico, a minimum of one African nation has made it by way of to the knockout levels, even when there have been solely three African groups within the subject.
Africa’s allocation was elevated to 5 locations when the World Cup was expanded to 32 groups in France in 1998, and when South Africa hosted the 2010 finals there have been six African sides.
Ghana, using a wave of fashionable assist, received inside a whisker of a semi-final place at that event, however the others all bombed out early.
The quarter finals which is the furthest an African facet has reached, was additionally achived by Senegal in 2002 and Cameroon in 1990.
Even if Africa has produced a number of the greatest expertise to play in European leagues, and a standing prediction by Brazil soccer legend Pele that an African crew would win the World Cup by 2000, the wait remains to be on.
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Algeria and Nigeria superior in Brazil 4 years in the past, however the newest batch of African sides have produced a poorer return.
Africa’s leads to Russia
Egypt misplaced all their three video games in Russia, affected by the partial absence of their talisman, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. The Pharaohs succumbed to Uruguay 0-1 within the opening recreation, earlier than dropping to hosts Russia 1-Three within the second recreation that successfully eradicated them from the event. Within the ultimate recreation, Asian facet Saudi Arabia beat them 2-1.
Morocco drew some constructive critiques however picked up just one level, holding the 2010 world champions Spain to a 2-2 draw of their ultimate group recreation. Earlier than that, the North African facet had been undone by two heartbreaking 0-1 losses in opposition to Iran and Egypt.
Nigeria had been eradicated after dropping out late in a drama-filled match in opposition to Argentina on Tuesday (1-2). The Tremendous Eagles had misplaced their opening recreation 0-2 to Croatia earlier than reviving their fortunes with a 2-Zero win in opposition to Iceland.
Tunisia had been eradicated after dropping their first two video games, 1-2 in opposition to England and 2-5 in opposition to Belgium. The North African facet bowed out with a 2-1 win over World Cup debutants Panama, ending with three factors behind England and Belgium.
Senegal, obtained 4 factors from their first two video games, beating Poland 2-0, and drawing 2-2 in opposition to Japan earlier than their eventual elimination.
With 54 member nations, Africa has just one much less nation than UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, however Europe has the lion’s share of groups on the World Cup, 14 together with host Russia.
The expanded 48-team World Cup set to be held in north America in eight years’ time will see Africa getting 9 locations, nonetheless far fewer than Europe’s 16 slots.
African nations used to level to the imbalance as unfair.
However this argument has been quietly deserted as outcomes have didn’t again requires elevated illustration. The continent’s efficiency in Russia thus far appears unlikely to alter that scenario.