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

Virginia Santiago
June 30, 2018

Senegal followed Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria, all failing to advance past the group stage, meaning no African team has reached the second round for the first time since the 1982 finals in Spain.

Senegal became the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated due to their disciplinary record in Russian Federation.

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. We haven't qualified because of fair play. We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed, we got more yellow cards. "It's the result of the "Japan Way" - a thorough dedication to passing football and playing in a fair manner".

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Only six countries have won the World Cup in the last 50 years, but a thrilling group stage in Russian Federation has increased the possibility of a fresh name at least making it to the final. "The situation is tough for the team - it is not an easy situation", Pekerman said. "We will not give up and I think there will be great things in the future".

"There was a risk we could have gone 2-0 behind if we had kept pushing".

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The official overturned his decision after consulting VAR, with Cisse unconvinced the right call was made over the incident.

Former JFA president Saburo Kawabuchi also praised Nishino for a call that will have done little to endear Japan to neutral fans in Russian Federation and around the world after defying the odds to advance. "Obviously what we want to avoid is the drawing of lots", Colin Smith, FIFA's chief tournament and event officer, said Friday.

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. 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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Despite widespread criticism, however, the Japanese players toed the party line after the match and agreed it was job done.

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