Senegal eliminated from World Cup over yellow cards

World Cup players are yellow carded

Japan reached the last 16 of the World Cup by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal - after losing to Poland in their final Group H game.

This means that Japan ended the tournament level with Senegal on four points.

All eyes will be on Senegal on Thursday afternoon, when they face high-flying Colombia.

Japan progressed with two fewer yellow cards than the African side.

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

Today is the last day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup's group stage, and some clashes worthy of finals have already been confirmed for the round of 16.

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In the case of Senegal and Japan, both teams obtained the same number of points when they met (one point), they scored the same number of goals in that game (2-2) and so, it boiled down to fair play points. I forced my players to do what I said.

The Japanese edged out Senegal to finish second based on their Fair Play record - Japan have minus-four points compared to minus six for Senegal.

Japan couldn't afford to concede another goal and hung on long enough while Colombia edged Senegal 1-0 in the other Group H match taking place at the same time.

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. Wouldn't you know it, in several cases the first six tiebreakers have not resolved the issue, so Federation Internationale de Football Association has turned to the seventh, and most controversial measure: "Fair Play Conduct Points".

There's also a chance Ireland could qualify for the next World Cup and end up falling at the first hurdle too.

So Japan goes through and next plays the victor of Group G on Monday, while Colombia will face the Group G runner-up Tuesday. "You have to be in contact with other players when you play football".

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