Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Africa's hopes dashed as Senegal exit World Cup

Africa's hopes dashed as Senegal exit World Cup

Colombia top the group with six points after picking up consecutive wins against Poland then Senegal, which preceded a defeat to Japan.

Jan Bednarek scored the lone goal for Poland as they end the tournament with three points and a consolation win over Japan. However, a draw would leave it up to fair play points, placing whichever team has accrued a greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches in first.

England and Belgium face off in Group G for top spot, with the other two teams already out.

Senegal will "have the whole continent behind them" when they look to become the only team from Africa to reach the World Cup knockout stage in Russian Federation, says defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

For the winning team in Group G, the second-placed side from Group H will be up next, while the victor of Brazil against Mexico awaits in the quarter-final.

The first tiebreakers, goal differential and goals scored, couldn't determine a victor - the teams both had a goal differential of 0 and had scored four goals each.

When it came down to the fair play tiebreaker, Senegal had accrued two more yellow cards in the group stage than its Asian counterpart.

The centre-back, now at the World Cup with Senegal, believes the £88m (€100m) switch he is being linked with is mad.

Koulibaly will be in action for Senegal at 3pm tomorrow as they take on Colombia. It is as rough a way as you can imagine being eliminated from the tournament, outside of a giving up a last-second goal. Although Japan didn't technically break any rules, the way in which they quite deliberately made no attempt to change the result of the game didn't seem very "fair" for a team going through on the grounds of fair play.

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