Nishino: Japan deserve to be in the knockout stage

Nishino: Japan deserve to be in the knockout stage

Nishino: Japan deserve to be in the knockout stage

Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly has opened up about being the last representative of the African continent at the FIFA World Cup ahead of their crucial Group H encounter against Colombia.

The need to constantly evolve as a coach and be open to new thinking was underscored on Wednesday by defending champion Germany being eliminated from the World Cup in the first round for the first time since 1938 just as Southgate was discussing the Belgium game.

Senegal were dumped out of the 2018 World Cup after a 1-0 defeat by Colombia saw them finish third in Group H, behind Japan. However, this encouraged low-scoring games because not conceding became more important than scoring and was abandoned after the 1966 World Cup when Federation Internationale de Football Association realised that if a team did not concede in the group stage, they could not divide by zero to calculate their goal average.

If England lose against Belgium and then go on to lose in the last 16 we will have simply beaten two mediocre footballing nations, and you'll see how quickly the press turns then.

Japan, knowing this outcome, opted not to attack in the closing stages and instead gambled on Senegal not scoring in Samara.

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

The first off day of the tournament comes Friday, before the knockout stage starts Saturday.

Brexit may have caused tensions between Britain and the European Union, but Belgian premier Charles Michel broke the ice at a summit on Thursday by giving his British counterpart Theresa May a World Cup football shirt.

Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their opening game and twice led Japan before settling for a 2-2 draw that left both countries with four points.

With Poland already eliminated and Colombia booking their ticket with the defeat of Senegal, it came down to a technicality to decide the runners-up in the group.

'We've worked a great deal, we're very committed and we want to be in the last 16.

Referee Milorad Mazic of Serbia shows Mbaye Niang of Senegal the yellow card.

"Senegal doesn't qualify because we don't deserve it".

Sadly for the fans, Belgium and England are ready to rest and rotate.

The group stage at the 2018 World Cup is over, and two more teams punched their tickets to the knockout stage on Thursday and some wild, unexpected moments.

As above, delete each result against the fourth team and look at the goal difference.

Related news