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

28 June 2018

Senegal became the final team to be eliminated from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, and it happened in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable.

The Lions of Teranga lost 1-0 to Colombia today and despite Group H rivals Japan losing 1-0 to Poland, it is the Japanese that will progress to the next round of the competition owing to their superior disciplinary record.

Both teams were level in every single category ranging from points and goal difference, right through to goals scored.

Koulibaly will be in action for Senegal at 3pm tomorrow as they take on Colombia.

The final spot in the knockout round of the World Cup came down to what is known as "fair play."

"We're going to do our utmost to get to the last 16 and I think we have everything we need to do that".

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek's well-taken volley from Rafal Kurzawa's free-kick won the match for Poland, who had been eliminated before the game.

As the game continued, it barely got above walking pace, prompting many inside the Volgograd Arena to show their displeasure by whistling and booing.

Robert Lewandowski then had a chance to put Poland ahead 2-0 - a result that would have allowed Senegal to advance - in the 74th minute after a swift counterattack but his effort flew over the bar. And because they had the same amount of points, goal differential, goals scored, goals conceded and drew each other, the tiebreaker went to FIFA Fair Play points, which means the team with the fewer infractions advances.

Japan has reached the knockout round at the World Cup three times in the last five tournaments.

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