Colombia World Cup Chances: How They Advance or Are Eliminated From Next Round

As long as Colombia continues to hold onto their lead against Poland, their World Cup dreams are still alive. If the World Cup ended today, Colombia would not advance, but the good news for fans is they still have another match.

Here’s a look at where Colombia stands in Group H after two matches. Note that the first two teams in each group advance to the Round of 16. Colombia sits in third, but still has a chance to win the group.

Colombia Group H Standings

TEAM W D L GD PTS
Japan 1 1 0 1 4
Senegal 1 1 0 1 4
Colombia 1 0 1 2 3
Poland 0 0 2 -3 0

Colombia takes on Senegal on Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern. A win would guarantee Colombia at least second place in Group H, allowing them to advance to the Round of 16. Colombia fans should be rooting hard for Poland against Japan. Poland has already been eliminated, and a win against Japan would only help Colombia.

If Colombia draws against Senegal, they would need Poland to at least tie Japan. At that point it would come down to goal differential, which is simply the difference in goals a team scored compared to goals a team has allowed. Heading into the final match, Colombia has the highest goal differential at two, which means they scored two more goals than their opponents.

Source: Heavy Sports