Senegal ends World Cup campaign to controversial rule

Senegal ends World Cup campaign to controversial rule

Senegal ends World Cup campaign to controversial rule

With the two games heading for 1-0 finishes, Japan was now heading through at Senegal's expense due to having accrued just four yellow cards to Senegal's six. Japan had four yellows in the group stage, while Senegal had six. "He can do better, but today he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against Colombia".

Live Stream: Watch live on fuboTV. As the legendary Didier Drogba had told the BBC beforehand, all of the continent's football fans had rallied behind Cisse's side: "I want them to go through".

Colombia is through to the World Cup round of 16 while Senegal has been eliminated because of a harsh yellow card tiebreaker.

Japan has reached the knockout round at the World Cup three times in the last five tournaments.

The Teranga Lions required only a draw yesterday with Colombia in their final Group F game in Samara, but could also have squeezed through to the last 16 in the event of defeat depending on the result of the other group game between Japan and Poland.

It's a tough blow for Senegal, who started the tournament well with a win against Poland.

Senegal thought they had been awarded a 16th-minute penalty after a tackle by Davinson Sanchez on Liverpool's Sadio Mane, but the decision was correctly overturned by Champions League final referee MiloradMazic, with VAR showing the Tottenham defender clearly touched the ball with what was a risky challenge. "And we leave with our head held up high, proud, and ready to give it all whatever comes", Balde said.

Colombia midfielder Abel Aguilar was unavailable after he was injured and taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half against Poland.

Coach Jose Pekerman would not say when or if Aguilar might return during the tournament, but said the left adductor injury was not as serious as feared.

Despite the onus being on Colombia to go out and get the win necessary to advance, the South Americans sat back and allowed Senegal to attack in numbers. But Senegal have not qualified because we did not deserve to qualify. Attendance was announced at 41,970.

Thursday was the anniversary of Colombia's 2-0 victory over Uruguay at Maracana Stadium in Brazil that sent Los Cafeteros into the quarterfinals.

M'Baye Niang was the only Senegal player cautioned in a decisive 1-0 defeat to Colombia in Samara, where Barcelona defender Yerry Mina headed the south Americans' victor on 77 minutes. Rodriguez scored both goals, including one that was voted goal of the tournament. In addition to this, they had the same goal difference, had scored the same amount of goals and drawn their match 2-2.

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