Senegal has been eliminated on fair play tiebreaker

Kristopher Nichols
June 29, 2018

Belgium will be favourites to beat Japan but will be aware that should they see off the Samurai Blue a tough quarter-final against either Brazil or Mexico awaits.

"I wish I had skipped the second half".

The round of 16 begins on Saturday as Argentina takes on France at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Portugal vs. Uruguay at 2 p.m. ET.

Tunisia will return home from Russian Federation with points in its bag.

"They were also vulnerable to the counterattack after conceding the goal, and there are lots of things to work on before the next game".

Their defeat against South Korea was an epic upset which saw them land at the bottom of the table and crashing out of the World Cup too early.

All games now have to have a victor.

Tunisia repelled Panama's best efforts at scoring the tying goal and held on for the win.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia have all fallen at the group stage.

Following the 1-0 loss to Colombia, Senegal were left with exactly the same win-loss record as Japan meaning the side's were eventually judged by the amount of yellow cards each received. The result lifts Colombia from third to first in the Group H standings.

Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski missed a good chance to double the lead in the 74th minute, meaning he failed to score in all three matches he played at the World Cup in Russian Federation. "So it's definitely a good test for us but we have to look forward to the next game". The 26-year-old star has been battling a calf problem throughout the World Cup.

Both teams fielded significantly weakened teams, and the first half was a complete bore.

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That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel .

Radamel Falcao and David Ospina echoed the sentiments of a nation in hoping Colombia team-mate James Rodriguez makes a swift recovery from injury.

World Cup top scorer Harry Kane will start from the substitutes bench with Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy starting their first games of the tournament.

Poland are seeking to restore some pride by eking out a win against Japan and have fielded striker Robert Lewandowski in the hope he can break his Russian Federation goal drought.

Meanwhile, Colombia can be proud of its World Cup 2018 turnaround.

In Group G action, Belgium "won" the group, as Adnan Januzaj led the Red Devils with the lone goal.

Senegal were knocked out in the cruellest possible fashion, becoming the first-ever country to be eliminated on fair play rules in a World Cup. Japan had four yellow cards in the group stage, Senegal had six, and that's how Japan goes through to the next round.

"It is the law of football, the law of fair play, and we had fewer points in that aspect, and we have to accept it".

After that the fair play record of the teams concerned comes into account and this is where Japan edged Senegal, by a paltry two yellow cards.

He beat his marker at the far post and volleyed in a swerving free kick from Rafal Kurzawa.

Japan was able to avert another goal, but it wasn't easy.

Bednarek's goal was the only successful strike of the game, so he earns man of the match honors.

England lost 1-0 to Belgium on Thursday night to finish second in Group G.

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