Senegal eliminated from World Cup over yellow cards

Colombia qualify for last 16 as Senegal crash out of World Cup on fair play rule

Colombia qualify for last 16 as Senegal crash out of World Cup on fair play rule

Rodriguez, arguably his country's star player, was substituted after 31 minutes of the 1-0 World Cup victory on Thursday afternoon, which sealed Colombia's place at the top of Group H.

Senegal bowed out of the tournament despite having equal points with Japan.

Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to put James Rodriguez and company through to the knockout round.

With two fewer yellow cards, Japan's tally was better than Senegal, and though Nishino acknowledged his regrets in his postmatch news conference about the manner of Japan's progression, he did not apologise for the game's lifeless conclusion.

England vs. Belgium kicks-off at 7 pm (BST).

As a result, no African team advanced from the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1982.

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He said: "We have not won a knockout game since 2006". "The majority of Belgian players, they play in England ". That is the reality, we have put ourselves in this situation, we wanted to qualify and we have done that.

Down to the final day of group play in the World Cup, things can get tricky in trying to determine which teams are moving on to the knockout stage, and which are going home. I think we have everything to do it and it's very positive to have the whole continent behind us'.

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek's well-taken volley from Rafal Kurzawa's free-kick won the match for Poland, who had been eliminated before the game.

While the fair play tiebreaker is far from flawless, it's likely better than what would have been the case had Senegal and Japan also been tied on yellow cards - the final remaining tiebreaker that Federation Internationale de Football Association has, in that case, is the drawing of lots.

Japan, with 10 minutes to play of their final group game against Poland, appeared to have been made aware of the situation, after Yerry Mina headed Colombia ahead against Senegal.

The two less yellow cards received by the Japanese compared to Senegal was enough to send the Asian side into the round of 16 after both sides finished deadlocked in the final Group H standings. "You have to be in contact with other players when you play football".

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