Senegal eliminated from World Cup due to controversial tiebreaker rule

Senegal eliminated from World Cup due to controversial tiebreaker rule

Senegal's 1-0 loss to Colombia in Thursday's Group H closer meant Cisse's side finished third in the final table, below Japan thanks to their count of six bookings compared to the four collected by the Asian nation.

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland but still go through as the second-placed team over Senegal by the fair play tiebreaker of having fewer yellow cards with both level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Senegal dominated possession in the remaining stages of the first half, but they were unable to carve out a chance as the sides went into the break goalless.

When Colombian football team took the flight to Brazil in 2014 to play the FIFA World Cup, they were touted as the underdogs of the tournament. "We would prefer to be eliminated another way. we were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed we got more yellow cards".

After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarter-finals four years ago.

Moussa Wague became the youngest African to score a goal in the World Cup after coming on as a substitute. "Joy, peace, hospitality. And, you know, happiness", said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. But the coach gives us the message that we should try to enjoy our work with responsibility.

Kane-led England favourites against Colombia
Only two outfield players from the side that started against Belgium are likely to start this last-16 game. The teams will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16.

It was on one of the team's early forays forward that the first opening came, as Davinson Sanchez brought down Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in the box.

Colombia side made a replacement in the 30th minute, as James Rodriguez was forced off by injury.

Adnan Januzaj struck a well-deserved victor with a second-half effort proving too good for Jordan Pickford who was one of only three England players to retain their places from the 6-1 hammering of Panama.

In 3 previous meetings with African opponents, Los Cafeteros has recorded victory in 2 of the 3 matches after failing to win their first match.

It now remains to be seen whether Jose Peckerman changes his tactics when Colombia will have tougher challenges ahead, but one thing is for sure, it won't be an easy road for the South Americans.

"Cuadrado understood what Senegal were trying to do, how they were trying to cancel us out", said Pekerman.

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