Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

Senegal's players take part in a training session in Kaluga on June 26 ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group H match against Colombia

Poland can't progress to the last-16 with the no 1 seed in the group having lost their first two games of the competition.

Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them out of the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record.

The Africans had six yellow cards at the tournament while Japan had four yellow cards.

But Mina - also on target in Colombia's win over Poland last time out - proved the matchwinner for his side with a superb late header that was celebrated in style with a choreographed team dance.

James Rodriguez, arguably the star of the team and victor of the best young player award of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was taken off in the first half with a suspected injury, so we'll have to see how he progresses before playing Belgium or England in the next round.

However, after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez was deemed to have touched the ball and the decision was reversed. "It led to the goals and now we have a good position in this World Cup", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said after the victory.




But the atmosphere amongst the nearly 42,000 people at Samara Arena picked up near the hour mark when Poland scored to push both teams above Japan in the table.

But Colombia's hopes appeared diminished when Rodriguez was replace by Luis Muriel because of an apparent injury in the 31st minute against Senegal.

Both teams were on track to move into the knockout stages with 16 minutes remaining in Thursday's clash at the Samara Arena, due to Japan trailing 1-0 to Poland in Volgograd.

News of Jan Bednarek's goal for Poland gave a lift to fans of both Colombia and Senegal as the tension levels in Samara continued to rise. Sanchez received criticisms and a death threat, which is being investigated by Colombian authorities. Aliou Cisse's goal didn't just concede a late goal, they bowed out on yellow cards.

This is the first time since 1982 that no African teams have advanced from the first round.

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