Senegal eliminated from World Cup over yellow cards

Japan lost their final game of the tournament to already-eliminated Poland, although a late victor for Colombia over Senegal ensured the Asian nation progressed on the basis that they had picked up fewer yellow cards than Senegal over the course of the tournament. With the tiebreaker, Colombia and Japan advanced to the round of 16 with Colombia winning Group H.

The match was often lethargic anyway in the 36°C heat, but the stupor was broken at the 59th minute when Poland's Rafal Kurzawa floated a free kick to the far post and an unmarked Jan Bednarek scored from close range.

Japan go through to the last due to Fifa Fair Play rule after receiving 3 yellow cards while Senegal received 6.

Playing cleaner was the difference, and Japan will now face the victor of Group G, which will be either Belgium or England, in the round of 16 on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

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He admitted feeling at home in England's new formation, while being happy to contribute from set pieces. And if there is still a tie, they will draw lots to decide first and second.

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.

Group H is officially in the books. Japan and Senegal had the same amount of points, goal difference and goals scored. With Japan and Senegal having played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the tournament, their Fair Play record was used to determine who made the knockout stages.

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

Teams are given minus one point for a yellow card, minus three for a sending off for two bookings, and minus four for a straight red. Senegal had five yellows, while Japan had been assessed just three, meaning Samurai Blue would live to fight another day, and Senegal's World Cup run came to an end.

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