Japan advances over Senegal on yellow card tiebreaker and Twitter has thoughts

Japan advances over Senegal on yellow card tiebreaker and Twitter has thoughts

Japan advances over Senegal on yellow card tiebreaker and Twitter has thoughts

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.

"It was an ultimate decision for me to make". Wouldn't you know it, in several cases the first six tiebreakers have not resolved the issue, so Federation Internationale de Football Association has turned to the seventh, and most controversial measure: "Fair Play Conduct Points".

Both Japan and Senegal had scored four goals and equally conceded four goals.

The first step takes into account number of points obtained, goal difference and goals scored in the group matches.

"It was for us more important for us to get into the next round than to win the match", Japan midfielder Gotoku Sakai said.

Japan coach Akira Nishino made six changes to the starting lineup ahead of the match - all four of Japan's scorers in the previous two games were left on the bench.

There's also a chance Ireland could qualify for the next World Cup and end up falling at the first hurdle too.

It was a risky strategy - a second goal for Poland or a Senegal equaliser would have eliminated them - but it ultimately paid off.

But two minutes later they were given a reprieve by Colombia defender Yerry Mina's thumping header in the group's other game. "We have to pull together and get our hands dirty".

But more on that later, first up - Senegal vs. Colombia will be our focus with Japan and Poland on the second screen.

For the first time in football history, a team has been eliminated from the World Cup using fair play points.

"You have to be in contact with other players and it's a shame it worked against us".

Japan fans in Volgograd cheered despite the loss after confirmation their team reached the knockout stage for the third time.

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