Senegal has been eliminated on fair play tiebreaker

Thibaut Courtois

Japan reached the last 16 of the World Cup by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal - after losing to Poland in their final Group H game.

Fair play points are being used to settle groups for the first time at a World Cup, with Japan and Senegal finishing with the same number of points and identical goal difference and goals scored tallies.

Japan's football chief has saluted the team for its "fair play" as debate rages over the manner in which the Blue Samurai booked their spot in the last 16 of the World Cup. England is a young team, has a lot of harmony and you can tell they have a lot of faith in themselves...

If they still can not be separated, the position in the group is decided by the drawing of lots.

After their team conceded a goal and then squandered good chances in the dying minutes, the carnival atmosphere gave way to silence and finally the kind of frustration that had been building since Senegal drew with Japan last Sunday, despite twice leading the match.

With two fewer yellow cards, Japan's tally of minus-four points was two better than Senegal, who may feel aggrieved at being sent home for a reason other than the quality of their football.

"My players were very loyal in listening to me and following my decision". I think it's a case of wrong fielding.

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"They are both world-class teams", he said. "It was incredible to be in this situation and hard for a team to take on", he said. "It's the World Cup, and sometimes these things can't be avoided", he said.

Football journalist Juliet Bawuah went through Senegal's journey in this World Cup and what their elimination means for African football. It was back to back achievement for Renard and when Morocco roped him in, all eyes were on him.

Although the teams from the African continent did not fare well in Russian Federation, the 42-year-old believes football in the CAF region is on the right track. They won all three group games, and a run to the semis like in 1998 is not beyond them. In this World Cup we have had to go through hard times but this selection can face these type of matches.

To which someone alluded that the Atlas Lions will definitely vent their frustrations of the World Cup on the Flames.

"What I can say is I'm extremely concerned, it's a very tough situation for my team", Pekerman said. "Don't forget that we managed to beat Egypt here during the 2010 AFCON".

The failure of five nations to qualify from the group stage triggered instant retrospection.

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