Senegal 'don't deserve' to advance and accept fair play tiebreaker - Aliou Cisse


So, if the two were to play to draw, England could still find a way to "lose" the group by picking up three yellow cards.

With so much at stake for each team and simultaneous matches of Japan vs. Poland and Colombia vs. Senegal on Thursday, Group H looks set to provide a thrilling finale to the group stage of the tournament.

It is they that will kick on to the knockout stages of the World Cup, despite finishing their group with an identical points and goals tally to Senegal, who'll be on a plane home in the next 48 hours.

The fair play ranking is being used as a tiebreaker for the first time at a World Cup, but Cisse had no issues with the new regulation despite his side ending up on the losing end.

"We know we already have 15 million Senegalese behind us and now we have all the continent", added Napoli's Koulibaly.

"We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed, we got more yellow cards".

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He said: 'Deciding it on bookings is mad.

In what ought to have been a moment of triumph for Japan's national team, the head coach Akira Nishino has come under scrutiny for the liberties he took with his side's qualification hopes, and the methods he employed in the closing minutes of their tie with Poland to ensure a place in the last-16 for his side.

Fans pay big money to attend World Cup matches for the experience and to be entertained but neither Japan and Poland cared about that on this occasion.

It was just the situation that forced me to make the decision and we did not go for the offence.

Senegal had been one of three teams to never have lost a group-stage match at the World Cup, along with Wales and East Germany, but saw that record ended against Colombia. "We will not give up and I think there will be great things in the future".