Senegal eliminated from the World Cup due to a controversial tiebreaker rule

Only Ukraine, Slovakia, Wales and Cuba can now overhaul them, having each progressed past the group stage in their only appearances at the tournament.

This has been the weirdest and most disgraceful thing ever to have happened on a World Cup pitch. The result lifts Colombia from third to first in the Group H standings.

The final spot in the knockout round of the World Cup came down to what is known as "fair play." "It's a shame that this has worked against us".

Poland were seeking to restore some pride by eking out a win against Japan and fielded striker Robert Lewandowski in the hope he could break his Russian Federation goal drought.

Japan have now failed to score in five of their past six World Cup games against European opposition.

Colombia celebrates after Yerry Mina scored the victor.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said he was "extremely concerned" for James Rodriguez after he limped off during their win over Senegal.

In Group G action, Belgium "won" the group, as Adnan Januzaj led the Red Devils with the lone goal.

Japan is on its way to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup due to (squints at screen) "fair play"?

Japan and Senegal wound up with four points apiece when their World Cup group's final games finished, sending it to a new Federation Internationale de Football Association tiebreaker rule to determine who advanced to the knockout stage.

If Poland, who are yet to collect a single point in the competition, beat Japan in the other Group H clash, both Senegal and Colombia will go through with a draw.

Senegal were given two yellow cards in their opening win over Poland, three in the draw with Japan - including two in second-half stoppage time - and one on Thursday before Colombia's goal brought the tiebreaker into effect.

For now, though, Ireland's little-known World Cup record is safe.

That meant the sixth tie-breaker was triggered, with Japan going through to the knockout rounds by virtue of two fewer yellow cards in their three pool games.

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