Japan milk 'fair play' system in wretched World Cup defeat to Poland
Jun 30 2018
Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top Group H and will be joined in the knockout phase by Japan, who scooped the runners-up spot ahead of Senegal courtesy of having a better disciplinary record.
For the first time in the history of the World Cup, a team has advanced on the fair play tiebreaker, and for the first time since 1982, No African team would be in the last 16.
"It's the rules of the game, they've been established by Federation Internationale de Football Association and we have to respect it, even though we would have liked to have been eliminated another way", he said.
"My players were very loyal in listening to me and following my decision".
Senegal's tally of yellows was six from their win over Poland, draw with Japan and the loss to Colombia.
Colombia's World Cup hero Yerry Mina has denied claims he could leave Barcelona this summer.
Or to put it more brutally, Egypt went out without a whimper; Tunisia likewise; Morocco played well but could not score and Nigeria, like Senegal, choked when it mattered most. We have fewer points in fair play and Senegal has not qualified because we don't deserve it.
Colombia are "extremely concerned" over the injury that could rule James Rodriguez out of their World Cup last 16 clash against England.
Cisse said they had been well aware of the rules and that they had to be respected. Senegal and Japan were tied at four points apiece when the Japanese lost to Poland the same Wednesday.
"We want to avoid drawing lots as we believe teams progress based on what happens on the pitch", said Federation Internationale de Football Association director of competitions Colin Smith.
The elimination of Germany in the first round and several teams failing to shine has left the World Cup wide open.
"I definitely think England have what it takes to do well, but it will be a match in which Colombia is going to be confident of playing at a high level and getting a good result", he told reporters.
"Looking at other teams here, I don't think we should be ashamed of our football".
Much as all hopes were on Senegal, to see if they could replicate what they produced in the Japan/Korea 2002 edition in which they reached the knockout stage after even helping to oust the champions France, other fans believe this was an inexperienced side.