Japan vs. Poland - Football Match Report

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois

Senegal became the first team to be knocked out of the World Cup due to Federation Internationale de Football Association fair play points on Thursday, begging the question of if that process is actually fair or if Federation Internationale de Football Association should look into alternative methods.

Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 while Japan fell to a 1-0 defeat to Poland in a game that endedin farcical circumstances. Japan entered this tournament in extremely questionable form following a coaching change and not much support from the fanbase.

Down a goal to Poland but with news of Colombia's 1-0 lead over Senegal giving Japan one foot in the knockout stage thanks to the "fair play" tie-breaker, the Samurai Blue kept possession and ran down the clock to avoid conceding another goal or booking.

M'Baye Niang was the only Senegal player cautioned in a decisive 1-0 defeat to Colombia in Samara, where Barcelona defender Yerry Mina headed the south Americans' victor on 77 minutes.

Colombia celebrates after Yerry Mina scored the victor.

Japan squeezed through despite a 1-0 loss to Poland - because of its disciplinary record - when Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top the group.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the first step, as happened in the case of Senegal and Japan, then the ranking will be determined by applying to the group matches between the teams concerned using the following criteria. Because they give yellow cards for all kinds of s***.

The team's coach wasn't bitter after the loss, instead claiming his side simply wasn't good enough under the protocols of the tournament. "It's up to us to make them proud, to fly the flag for Senegal and Africa at this World Cup".

The rules are the rules, was Senegalese manager Aliou Cisse's response.

"We have to respect it".

"We would have preferred to be eliminated in another way but that's the way it works and we knew that those were the regulations".

Firstly, for being some of the most outrageously enthusiastic and noisy fans of any nation in the World Cup. At that time, Colombia and Senegal were 0-0.

After the match, coach Jose Peckerman said he's very anxious about James, who limped off in the first half.

Only two slots in the knockout stage remain up for grabs and both will be decided in the first round of matches that will kick off on Thursday.

Jose Pekerman has warned Colombia they will face an "in harmony" England side in the World Cup second round.

Belgium's Adnan Januzaj celebrates.

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